Top 50: Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University Law School
Chien’s work on patent trolls has led the debate in the US and been behind many of the recent proposals for reform
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
focus of US politicians on curbing patent trolls has thrown the
work of Colleen Chien into the spotlight. Chien, an assistant
professor at Santa Clara University Law School, has been
studying trolls – or patent assertion entities (PAEs)
as she calls them – since 2008. Chien became
interested in the strategic use of patents for development and
trading while drafting patents for a law firm. She later
noticed that PAEs were emerging as a new business model.
At the time, the politically correct label for these types
of companies was non-practising entity. However, she felt this
did not accurately define these types of companies, because
some organisations –...
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