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The DPL and the "Fair Trolls" Business Model: Make Money Fighting Patents with Patents

May 19, 2010, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Florian Mueller)

[ Thanks to Chao-Kuei Hung for this link. ]

"Previously I published a first set of thoughts on the Defensive Patent License (DPL), which is currently being developed by two law professors at UC Berkeley. The more I think about that initiative, the more interesting it looks to me, even though its exact content isn't known yet and its future adoption remains to be seen.

"Meanwhile I've had some discussions and obtained more information, and there may actually be a solution to the only fundamental concern I had, which was that the DPL might not be effective as a purely defensive mechanism.

"But no matter how defensive the DPL may be at first sight, it could pave the way for a whole new business model: that of the Fair Troll (which I'll explain in this post). That approach might be able to provide what I considered to be the missing link. It could enable the DPL to attract a very broadbased following, providing many companies and persons throughout and beyond the FOSS community with economic incentives and the opportunity to contribute to a good cause at the same time."

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