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> I imagine a simple addition to patent laws invalidating a patent if the holder does not commercialize it after a certain period should get rid of NPEs.

I suppose there are sneaky ways around this, such as marketing a product that features the patent but is otherwise inadequate.

Never underestimate the resourcefulness of patent trolls

Yep, you can make one simple flashy thing, say it does X feature, sell it to your spouse and say it's been commercialized

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