Instead of looking for clients, litigator Raymond Niro looks for patents, holding the dubious distinction of being the first patent troll. In 2001 Intel assistant GC Peter Detkin coined the term to characterize Niro and his client. "Troll was a derivative of, er, me," says Niro. But love him or hate him for his innovative ways, there's no doubt that Niro and his firm are at the center of a patent ecosystem, connecting patent-holding companies, lawyers and inventors, and making serious profits.
Meet the Original Patent Troll
IP Law & Business
July 20, 2006
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