Combating Patent Trolls: Third-Party Solutions and Defense Strategies in Post-Grant and Litigation

Leveraging Counterclaim, Summary Judgment and Other Tactics; Utilizing Legislative, Insurance and Third-Party Tools

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Conducted on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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This CLE course will provide patent counsel with a broad-based view of defending against patent trolls. The panel will discuss third-party solutions and provide a deep dive into specific troll strategies.


Patent trolls continue to plague the industry by asserting weak patents against innovative companies. Patent trolls, or non-practicing entities (NPEs), are companies or individuals holding patents, who sue anyone who uses or sells anything covered by their patents, even though the patent holder doesn't produce anything.

The patent troll problem has recently seen executive action, state action, and Congress is now poised to act. Counsel must now step back and take a look at the entire spectrum of solutions to the NPE problem. Patent counsel must understand all NPE defensive tools at their disposal: everything from third-party solutions and the soon-to-be-passed anti-troll legislation to effective litigation strategies and post-grant strategies. 

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the full range of available tools to combat patent trolls and provides practical advice on using those strategies.



  1. Troll problem
  2. Third-party solutions
    1. Unified patents
    2. RPX
    3. Patent litigation insurance
    4. Others
  3. Legislative solutions
    1. Pending legislation
    2. Will it have any effect?
  4. Litigation strategies
  5. Post-grant strategies
  6. Troll outlook


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What third-party solutions are available? What factors should be considered when determining if and when to use a third-party solution?
  • What defenses are available to companies facing patent troll claims?
  • What strategies can companies implement to minimize the impact of patent assertions?


Kevin Jakel
Kevin Jakel
Unified Patents

Mr. Jakel has over a dozen years of IP experience, much of it spent defending technology companies from attacks by...  |  Read More

Michael L. Kiklis
Michael L. Kiklis

Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt

Mr. Kiklis focuses on post-grant counseling, patent litigation and patent prosecution. With an extensive...  |  Read More

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