If you’ve ever longed to be a patent troll (you have, haven’t you?), you may need to study:
‘Patent Acquisition and Assertion by a (Non-Inventor) First Party Against a Second Party’, United States Patent Application 20080270152.
To give you a flavour of Halliburton Energy Services Inc’s application, here is the Abstract:
Methods for a first party to acquire and assert a patent property against a second party are disclosed. The methods include obtaining an equity interest in the patent property. The methods further include writing a claim within the scope of the patent property. The claim is written to cover a product of the second party where the product includes a secret aspect. The methods further include filing the claim with a patent office. The methods sometimes include offering a license of the patent property to the second party after the patent property issues as a patent with the claim. The methods sometimes include asserting infringement of the claim by the second party after the patent property issues as a patent with the claim. The methods sometimes include negotiating a cross-license with the second party based on the assertion of infringement of the claim, where under the cross-license the first party obtains a license to an intellectual property right from the second party. The methods sometime include attempting to obtain a monetary settlement from the second party based on the assertion of infringement of the claim.
I find this application inspiring and must now return to drafting the Claims for my new ‘Random Nonsense Patent Generator’.