privateer

A patent assertion entity (PAE) used indirectly by a producing entity to assert patents against rivals. The privateer is better positioned to damage the rival because it is not vulnerable to counterassertions (as a non-producing entity it cannot be liable for patent infringement) and need not be concerned with adverse publicity.  The producing company may spin off the privateer, sell it patents, or support it in other ways.  See Ewing, Indirect Exploitation of Intellectual Property  Rights By Corporations and Investors: IP Privateering and Modern Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

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