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Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]
Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]

As Congress considers legislation aimed at limiting lawsuits filed by so-called patent "trolls" — those who collect patents solely so they can sue others for infringing upon them — there is another kind of intellectual property abuse that members should look into: patent pools. Patent pools gather patents for a particular technology that is often made up of multiple components, each with its own patent held by a different company, so that manufacturers only have to go to one source for their licensing needs. When properly administered and managed, patent pools can benefit the market and innovation by making it easier to include a technology in new products....