patent troll
n.
An individual or business that acquires patents without planning to manufacture the patented items but intending to sue anyone who infringes on the patents.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


patent troll
Disparaging term for someone who sues for patent infringement but who does not make or sell any product using the patented technology.
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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