NYT on Patent Farmers


The New York Times today published an article entitled “A Payday for Patents ‘R’ Us,” that uses the recent settlement [shakedown] in the long-running NTP/RIM patent infringement case as a jumping off point to address some of the issues and tactics often associated with “patent holding companies” [patent trolls].

I’m pointing this out largely as a followup to last week’s Myhrvold’s Insane Troll Logic…read the Times piece, paying particular attention to the graphic that illustrates the increase in the number of patent suits filed at the district level since 1990. (Copy of the image here, as well.) Note the rate of increase…think it looks at all familiar?