‘patents the company has acquired from other firms’
Where did they get those patents? Our guess is some if not most were bought for a mere pittance from small firms and inventors who found it impossible for them to enforce due to the costs and slim chance of keeping and asserting them. The truth is patents for us are now far too hard to get, keep, and enforce. We simply no longer have any realistic chance of commercializing our inventions. Our only hope is to sell them to someone who has the money and power to do so. Unfortunately that means our patents have little value so we end up investing all we have in an invention that we have little hope in the end of materially benefiting from. Meanwhile, large firms who were most probably far more often defendants in patent suits buy them at fire sale prices. But if they are not permitted to enforce them then not even they will buy our patents so we lose all the time and money we put into our inventions. This is justice?
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