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Expanding Patent Law’s Customer Suit Exception, Boston University Law Review

October 2013

Recent years have seen a marked increase in patent suits filed primarily for nuisance value. Nonpracticing patent holders like Innovatio, ArrivalStar, Lodsys, PACid, and many others have collectively sued thousands of alleged patent infringers in cases that generally settle for less than the cost of mounting even the slightest defense. Suits like these overwhelmingly target the numerous resellers and end users of allegedly infringing products rather than the accused products’ original manufacturers.

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