Had everyone known about the Patent Troll Tracker and was just sneakily leaving me out of it? Did everyone else already know about this blog that takes
A look behind the curtain at the people or organizations behind the many patent lawsuits brought by corporations that make or sell no goods or services[?]
Well I caught up, thanks to the elite blogroll at Overlawyered, and that particular joke is over now, ‘k? Not that I know what else everyone is hiding from me. By definition. But you shouldn’t think I’m not even trying.
In any case, patent trolling is especially remarkable to us “soft IP” types because it so nicely epitomizes how players are able to seek massive rent via manipulation of the IP legal regime without making any sort of productive or creative contribution to the useful arts, the human soul or the sale of cold cereal. It happens in copyright and trademark, too, of course; that’s a big part of what we write about here. But the patent trolls are the … trolliest.