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As the head of IP litigation at Intuit Inc. a few years ago, Kevin Jakel says he was essentially managing a docket of cases brought by non-practicing entities.

"I wanted to find a way to not just pay off patent trolls or buy our way out of the problem," he said. But none of the existing patent-pooling ventures took the approach Jakel had in mind. So last year, he left the Mountain View software company and founded Unified Patents, which is geared toward taking proactive measures designed to ward off NPEs from circling specific sectors.

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