If other companies follow suit with patent trackers, it should become harder for non-practicing entities, or businesses that buy patents simply to litigate them for financial gain, said Julie Samuels, an intellectual property specialist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates for digital rights.

That's because such patent databases would clearly establish ownership, said Samuels. Currently, patent developers have no sure way of knowing who owns which patents, or which patents even exist, she said.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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