Non-Practicing Entities in Cleantech

By Kathryn Paisner Last October, Popular Mechanics reported that non-practicing entities (NPEs) may have “bled companies for half a trillion dollars” between 1990 and 2010. Sometimes called “patent trolls” by their detractors, NPEs are generally defined as companies that obtain most of their revenue from the licensing and/or enforcement of their intellectual property. Not all […]

Think It’s Safe to Ignore Patents? Think Again.

By Kathryn Paisner In business, the general consensus on patents is that they are best left to the lawyers. Like urban legends whispered in the schoolyard, this self-defeating myth traverses the business community, creating expensive problems for companies large and small. Lawyers are certainly vital to many aspects of the patenting process, such as patent […]