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The Myths and Facts of Patent Troll and Excessive Payment: Have Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) Been Overcompensated? - A Commentary

Blogg, Jonathan (2020): The Myths and Facts of Patent Troll and Excessive Payment: Have Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) Been Overcompensated? - A Commentary.

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The much-cited article ‘the Myths and Facts of Patent Troll and Excessive Payment: Have Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) Been Overcompensated ’ by Jack J. Lu is fundamentally flawed and based on data which cannot be retrieved. The key error results from poorly defined samples, selected to substantiate the statement that hold-up does not exist and that Non-Practicing Entities are not overcompensated. Even if the article had succeeded in adequately selecting the samples subject to the analysis, the document would still fall short of determining what constitutes a comparable licensing agreement. Also, the findings cannot be verified as the article does not disclose the underlying data that leads to the conclusion that NPEs are not overpaid. Hence, the paper falls short of meeting three fundamental requirements of empirical research. There is no adequate selection of the two samples that are compared (the NPE sample and a vaguely defined sample of ‘other companies’), there is also no adequate selection of comparable rates and last but not least, the data cannot be retrieved. Other than that, the research paper suffers from the application of concepts which are not defined and lacks adequate references to the academic literature. These aspects taken together mean that it is not possible to draw any sorts of conclusions on the grounds of the analysis presented and render the article obsolete.

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