Efficient infringement has become an all-too-common business practice in the U.S. What is efficient infringement? Efficient infringement occurs when large corporate interests choose to infringe the patents of smaller inventors, knowing that it is cheaper to fight off any legal challenge in court, than it is to pay a fair licensing fee for the use of an invention. Another word for this practice is “invention theft.” Sound like a shady practice? It is.
Two high profile cases of efficient infringement have come to light recently and the parties involved may surprise you: