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The Patent Troll: Benign Middleman or Stick-Up Artist?

David S. Abrams, Ufuk Akcigit, Gokhan Oz, Jeremy G. Pearce

NBER Working Paper No. 25713
Issued in March 2019

---- Acknowledgments ----

The authors would like to thank Alan C. Marco, Iain Cockburn, Ali Hortacsu, Casey, Mulligan, Jill Grennan, Murat Alp Celik and seminar and conference participants at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Stanford University, 5th Annual Research Roundtable on Patents and Technology Standards, and University of Bordeaux for very helpful feedback and discussions. Akcigit gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research, nor those of Analysis Group.

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