Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Big dogs

Pat Choate, an economist, looked at seven corporations (Big Dogs) backing the Coalition for Patent Fairness (CPF): Intel, Dell, HP, Cisco, Oracle, Micron, and Apple.

His research is summarized at The Patent Prospector. Lots of interesting statistics, including this:

In the 11-year period 1996-2006, the seven CPF founding corporations disclosed $1.9 billion in patent settlement payments, an average of $173 million per year. During that same time, these seven corporations had collective revenues of more than $1.7 trillion.

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