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  • adj. Not practicing; of a person in a particular profession, not engaged in the practice of that profession; of a person born into a particular religion, not abiding by the rituals and mores of that religion.


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  • Such licensing firms are often called nonpracticing entities -- or, more derisively, patent trolls -- because they don't make or sell products that use patents.

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  • And what are called nonpracticing entities or patent trolls, if you prefer such as Intellectual Ventures and NTP have sued pretty much the lot of them.

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  • They have created practices to represent not the largest, most tech-savvy companies, but to work for patent-holding plaintiffs known as "nonpracticing entities," or what some critics call "patent trolls."

    When Lawyers Become 'Trolls'

  • He claims that nonpracticing entities, derisively called "patent trolls," are ruining innovation in America.

    Those 'Patent Trolls' Serve a Useful Public Purpose

  • In a statement, the diocese highlighted his efforts to bring nonpracticing Catholics back to the church, and for speaking out against racism.

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  • Critics of nonpracticing entities say that because they license and sue but don't innovate, they do more to drain the U.S. economy than they do to help it.

    When Lawyers Become 'Trolls'

  • Mr. Desmarais now has a nonpracticing entity of his own, Round Rock Research LLC, which is based in Mount Kisco, N.Y. In the middle of 2009, semiconductor maker and Kirkland & Ellis client Micron Technology Inc. approached Mr. Desmarais with a proposition: Micron wanted to cash in a portfolio of some 4,200 patents by selling them to Mr. Desmarais himself.

    When Lawyers Become 'Trolls'

  • He also plans to create a nonpracticing entity in the months ahead.

    When Lawyers Become 'Trolls'

  • Some patent holders, such as Microsoft, Sony Corp. and Nokia Corp., have spun patent portfolios into nonpracticing entities, companies that operate not to put the patents into practice but solely to squeeze value out of them.

    When Lawyers Become 'Trolls'

  • Nevertheless, unless the courts or Congress restrict nonpracticing entities, which neither seems eager to do, many patent-law experts think the industry will continue to grow—and attract more top-flight lawyers.

    When Lawyers Become 'Trolls'


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