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By now, most directors and executives have heard of patent lawsuits being filed by non-practicing entities (NPEs)—more commonly known as “patent trolls.” These are companies that own patents but do not use those patents to produce products or provide services. Instead, these entities are in business solely to collect licensing fees or legal settlements from the patents they own. They pursue these outcomes through litigation or the threat of litigation, against businesses whose products or services allegedly infringe on the patents.

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