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Is every individual inventor a patent troll?

Unified Patents recently released statistics on patent lawsuit filings.  The statistics show patent filings to be trending downwards fairly significantly from a peak in 2015.  Yet, the statistics also show that the individual inventor, asserting his or her own patent, is behind many patent suits.  Does that matter? 

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Startups want a strong patent system—they just don’t know it yet.

This week’s edition of The Economist addresses an interesting spin on the prospects of budding Silicon Valley startups living under the shadow of Big Tech.  The fantasy of getting bought is being supplanted by the reality of getting taken out.  The Economist argues that startups now live within a kill zone maintained by Big Tech—either sell out on our terms, or we’ll co-opt your technology and launch our own product.  While antitrust may be one solution to give more leverage to innovators, what about patents?

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