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Call for Information: Study on Patent Assertion Entities

Written by Gene Quinn
Patent Attorney & Founder of IPWatchdog
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Posted: Oct 9, 2013 @ 10:08 am
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I recently received an e-mail from a colleague who is embarking on an interesting research project. This colleague, who would like to remain publicly anonymous for the time being so as to be able to conduct the underlying research privately and without influence.  The researcher is seeking to interview a number of different industry participants for a research study on patent assertion entities.

Specifically, the researcher is looking to talk to the following types of people:

  1. Solo inventors or small firms that have sold their invention rights to a patent assertion entity.
  2. Solo inventors or small firms that attempted to sell their invention rights to a manufacturing entity but failed.
  3. Entities that previously were engaged in manufacturing but now primarily license their intellectual property portfolios.
  4. Entities that have licensed technology from a patent assertion entity that previously was a manufacturing entity.

Interview data will remain confidential.  If you fit within any of these categories and would be willing to answer a few questions, please e-mail your contact information to:

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is a US Patent Attorney, law professor and the founder of He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website in 1999, and since that time the site has had many millions of unique visitors. Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, USA Today, CNN Money, NPR and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.

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  1. Gene — would the interview data still remain confidential in the unfortunate event your colleague were subpoenaed or otherwise ordered by a court to testify concerning the information someone (solo inventor/small company) supplied for the research project?

  2. Solo Inventor-

    I am not sure about the answer to your question. The best I can suggest is to send a e-mail to the address above and ask that question and whether they view this as “reporting” and would agree to keep sources confidential.