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Patent Licensing Is Too Opaque

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fragro
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fragro   10/4/2017 5:47:50 AM
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The other issue is intransparency of existing patents and the danger to invest into a new development, if current practices endanger the investment by attack of patent trolls and useless patents being applied to a viable real-world development with actual utility.  Finally, from the point of view of share holders, the lack of transparency in license dependencies, cost and the risks for the value of a company is currently no longer acceptable from wherever you look at the issue. If you look, e.g., at how much the current legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm has already cost Qualcomm shareholders, I guess the shareholders of a publically traded company's shares have a vested right to be fully informed about these dependencies and the implied risks.  

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elizabethsimon   10/3/2017 7:21:09 PM
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Rick, I agree that one size-fit's-all patent licensing is not workable. I applaud your proposal for open disclosure of what is being paid to who. Now if we can just get some lawmakers (far too many of whom are layers) to agree.

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