The Website motherboard.vice.com has a post by Michael Byrne about NPE Sorensen Research and Devevlopment Trust. Byrne is not a fan of the Trust or Mr. Sorensen (or NPE’s):
“The Sorensen Research and Development Trust is what’s known as a non-practicing entity. It doesn’t make anything or do particularly much of anything outside of courtrooms (at least anything that I can find). Instead, Sorensen sits on his patent(s) and sues people. Patent trolling is a boom industry and Sorensen is at the top of it. According to a paper just out from Lex Machina (the descendant of Stanford’s Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse) and requested by the United States’ GAO, patent trolling has risen to be 40 percent of all patent litigation, nearly doubling in a five year period. And of that 40 percent, Sorensen has been the most furious litigator (of a 500 case sample), beating even Monsanto.”
And, he further blasts the Trust with this missile: “Sorensen’s business model likely revolves around licensing shakedowns: a threat is made to an operating company and, rather than undertake the risk and expense of defending against Sorensen, said company will pay off the patent-holder.”
“Licensing shakedowns”? That is a new but descriptive term.
FOr much more information about the Trust, its patents, and its litigation, please go to this link: http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/10/17/patent-trolling-is-draining-the-blood-from-the-idea-economy-and-it-s-just-getting-worse–2