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No company looks forward to receiving a patent infringement threat or being sued; litigation is a costly and distracting part of being a products or services company, regardless of company size. Patent troll or nonpracticing entity (NPE) litigation is a relatively new and disproportionately expensive cost. We are often asked by our clients to help them figure out how to respond to NPE threats and litigations, both anticipated and actual. At least part of that solution exists with defensive aggregators, companies whose goal is to end or reduce NPE threats. Defensive aggregators are a cost-effective strategy for dealing with NPEs and one your management will want to learn about and discuss. Below is a brief primer on the subject.
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