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Patents and the Non-practicing Entity: Is this “troll business” or smart business

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $35.00


Deadline to Register: January 12, 2014
Register now by clicking on the "Register" button at the top of this page

The media has coined the phrase “trolls” to reference non-practicing entities (“NPE’s”) which nonetheless protect their intellectual property rights in patents (or copyrights) by litigating against alleged infringers.  From the perspective of the alleged infringer, it may seem as if these suits come out of nowhere as there may not be a commercial competitor practice to hint at possible infringement claims.  The alleged infringer will need to assess when to engage, when to ignore, when to settle, when to react aggressively, and how to distinguish between a "troll" and a NPE competitor.  Conversely, from the perspective of the NPE, they are still patent holders with a legal right to protect their patent portfolio.  Some NPE’s elect to separate the licensing (i.e. practicing) component of their portfolio into a licensing entity and the right to enforce the patent rights into another entity as means to control risk during the litigation process.  Does this business model make the NPE a “troll” hiding in wait to lure unsuspecting companies into litigation, or simply a sharp competitor? Join us for a roundtable discussion on this topic led by the hosts.

The Computer & Technology Law Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the CLE at Noon.

Dan Tysver, Esq.
Kate Andresen, Esq.

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE credit applied | Event Code: 187006
Remote Participation:
Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate that you will attend by teleconference when registering. Teleconferencing instructions will be sent via e-mail on Monday, January 13.

Cost (includes lunch):
Section Members: FREE
MSBA Members (but not CTLS members): $15
Non-MSBA Members: $35
Law Students: FREE

Deadline to Register: January 12, 2014
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