One difficulty with studying patent enforcement is that so much of the action goes on behind closed doors and outside of court filings.
A colleague of mine is looking to interview a number of different participants for a research study on patent assertion entities. Specifically, the colleague is looking to talk to the following types of people:
- Solo inventors or small firms that have sold their invention rights to a patent assertion entity;
- Solo inventors or small firms that attempted to sell their invention rights to a manufacturing entity but failed;
- Entities that previously were engaged in manufacturing but now primarily license their intellectual property portfolios; and
- Entities that have licensed technology from a patent assertion entity that previously was a manufacturing entity (see #3 above)
If you fit within any of these categories and would be willing to answer a few questions, please e-mail your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been assured that “interview data will remain confidential” and that “information gathered will be used strictly for academic research.” The researcher here has no affiliation to any party on either side of the current debates on patent assertion entities.