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Definition Edit

The term non-practicing entity (NPE)

encompasses patent owners that primarily seek to develop and transfer technology, such as universities and semiconductor design houses.[1]
[is a] company owning patents that does not make or sell products or services practicing the patented technology.[2]

References Edit

  1. The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning Patent Notice and Remedies with Competition, at 8 n.5.
  2. Licensing Terms of Standard Essential Patents: A Comprehensive Analysis of Cases, at 8.