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Microsoft joins patent troll fightback

Emma Barraclough, London

RPX, which buys patents on behalf of companies who fear the IP rights may be used against them by so-called patent trolls, has won three high-profile clients to its Defensive Patent Aggregation service

Software companies Microsoft, McAfee and Symantec have become members of the service launched 14 months ago to reduce patent assertion and litigation by non-practising entities.

"Patents have long been viewed as...

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