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EE Times: High-tech looks to profit from patents

Jan 31, 2000, 19:41 (4 Talkback[s])
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"A new crop of players, strategic advisers in tow, are elbowing their way to the negotiating table for the next round of intellectual-property deals. Companies like Cisco, Microsoft and Rambus are positioning themselves to play the patent game that's been well-established by the likes of chip giants IBM, Lucent and Texas Instruments. And a fresh batch of consultants with books and online sites stands ready to help, for a fee."

"In the 21st century, corporate wealth will not be determined by the number of plants, factories or real estate a company owns," said James Spears, of the Washington law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. "Rather it will be determined by the strength of the company's intellectual-property portfolio."

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