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Can Korean troll beat an American troll?

South Korea has announced that it has created "a private fund as a weapon to protect Korean intellectual property rights overseas" link here. It will "profit from filing suits against foreign companies accused of infringing Korean trademarks and patents." The fund has partnered with a research institute created by the Ministry of Science and Technology, to act as its proxy in overseas patent suits. The Ministry will receive half of any royalties and private investors, the balance. Currently the research institute has wireless technology patents that it thinks are being infringed overseas by cell phone makers Motorola, Sanyo, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Siemens; by wireless service providers Verizon, Sprint, and Cingular and by chip makers Qualcomm and Freescale Semiconductor.

The news article suggests that this is a way to fight back against US patent trolls. It particularly refers to Inter Digital, a U.S. company, which filed a lawsuit of more than US$300 million against Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics for allegedly violating patent rights.

Comment: This may be a response to the Free Trade Agreement recently negotiated with the US which extends IPR to Korea as well as the aggressive behavior of US patent trolls. Consider this the creation of a "national" troll--it creates a troll to beat one.


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