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Definition of a patent troll

patent troll


  • a company or individual who files patent infringement lawsuits based on their patents. Patent trolls don't produce products using their patents - rather, the patents are used only to generate a lawsuit-based profit stream.

    Last edited on Jul 28 2010. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Jan 11 2010.

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