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Patent Researcher Turns Tables on Litigants

WSJ - Patent research firm Article One Partners is offering frequent targets of patent lawsuits a new first-strike tool that turns the tables on initiators of infringement actions.

The New York company, which pays a network of scientists and technology experts to determine if a patented invention is truly novel, typically helps big companies after they are sued by patent holders. Now, it is launching a service that aims to invalidate "poor quality" patents before they are asserted in courts.

The service, called Litigation Avoidance, is targeted squarely at so called non-practicing entities, or NPEs. These companies, called "patent trolls" by some critics, don't make products and generate revenue solely by licensing and litigating patents.