Brian W. LaCorte, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Intellectual Property Department, was interviewed on BlogTalkRadio’s “Money for Lunch” program about the trend of increasing patent litigation.

Mr. LaCorte explained that it is becoming more common for patent infringement lawsuits to be filed by “nonpracticing entities.” Such entities acquire patents that have fallen out of use and then file lawsuits against technology companies, retailers, or other businesses in an attempt to collect licensing fees.

This practice is putting a significant strain on the bottom lines of the companies that are targeted, and it has been estimated that billions of dollars are spent annually on settlements, Mr. LaCorte said.

Mr. LaCorte’s interview is available here and begins at the 61-minute mark.

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