I started paying attention to patent troll as a topic when I realized NTP was basically robbing US$612.5 million from Research In Motion. Here is Mitch Kapor’s take on the NTP vs RIM case. And here is an April 16, 2006 New York Times story “In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent“, by John Maroff that talks about possibly the real inventor here. By the way, I have some trouble with Wikipedia’s Patent troll definition and Patent troll main heading as these definitions include more that what I wish to include. So I am using the term in a much stricter and narrower sense here.
And it is nice to know that the US judiciary seems to be moving in the right direction in cases like eBay v. MercExchange. And hopefully the US legislative branch is going to come up with some meaningful reform of the seriously out-of-date patent law soon.