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Not necessarily. They can have a "we're allowed to sue on your behalf" agreement with the owner. Also, the patent owner could sell it to them for $5K, wait a couple of years, claim that the value has ballooned to $2T, and let them sue.

(Oh, patent owner also owns troll, but you can't know that without spending a few hundred K$)

And if they lose, the patent apparently is worthless, so not much help there.

I assumed that something similar to the RightHaven copyright case might stick... since the troll company doesn't/wouldn't own the IP then they wouldn't have standing to sue...



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