A term that is currently banded around is that of “Patent Troll”.
The very term is divisive.
Do musicians who sue pirate mp3 services and people who sample or rip off their songs become Copyright Trolls?
Why is it considered different for a natural born engineer to own their intellectual property than for a musician or writer who automatically gets their copyright.
I am a design engineer, I have three patents and I have tried to license these technologies. If one of the companies I’ve shown this to then start making these devices without license fees or giving me royalties or money (when I’ve spent time designing, and researching) is it not my right to sue them?
Let’s say, Hypothetically, I had designed a device at college. 10 years later a close proximity to that design turned up on a large IT companies portfolio of products, would I be a Troll to approach the company and suggest they are tramping on my bridge?
Let’s hear less about “Patent Trolls” and more about investment by businesses in young, upcoming engineers and inventors.