Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Intellectual Ventures and Patent Aggregators

Whatever one may think about Intellectual Venture's merit, it has never lacked press coverage. Because of this when it was taking off I told Peter Detkin, a co-founder, at a WSGR alumni get together, "you have become famous." Peter politely denied it, but I think it is true and what Peter has built with Nathan Myhrvold and others is a radical and significant change to the U.S. patent system. Despite all the press, however, it has been difficult to fully understand the method of operation and activities of Intellectual Ventures, which has rapidly accumulated 30,000 - 60,000 patents, making it the fifth largest patent portfolio of any US company.

Tom Ewing and Professor Robin Feldman answer many questions about Intellectual Ventures and patent (the authors say mass) aggregators such as Acacia Research and RPX in Stanford Technology Law Review's The Giants Among Us. I expect more coverage on patent aggregators, but this article is the best I have seen so far.

Also see Patrick Anderson's guest post on Patently-O: Intellectual Ventures Flexes Some Patent Muscle discussing how Intellectual Ventures is increasing its patent litigation effort today.

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