What is a NPE?

NPE stands for Non-Practising Entity: a patent-holding organisation that does not manufacture or produce goods. The following can be applicable under this definition:

• Company
• Individual
• Law Firm
• University
• Government
• Research Organisation
• Consortium

Cipher will tag instances of litigation instigated by an NPE which can refer to any of the above, including 'patent trolls'. Data related to NPE activity is provided by RPX. More information on the risk posed by patent troll NPEs
can be found here.

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