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Mark Cuban is a primary investor in the patent troll Vringo. Why are we pretending he's some kind of tech trendsetter?

He's not pretending to be a tech trendsetter, he's being an investor, and hedging his bets, as all good investors do

This is a hedge against the unlimited patent exposure all the companies I have investments in face. Patent risk is impossible to quantify. It's unrealistic for most small to medium businesses to have any clue which patents they are at risk over. Vringo's IP from the merger is the flip side of that risk and offers an imperfect hedge. So, I made the investment.


Just because you don't like one of his companies doesn't mean he's not a very smart businessman.

Which is odd, because he's been quite vocal in his opposition to software patents.

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