Noel Maurer

Noel Maurer is an associate professor at the Harvard Business School.

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An Empirical Analysis of the Patent Troll Hypothesis: Evidence from Publicly-Traded Firms

by Noel Maurer, Stephen Habervia IP2 Working Paper Series
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Do firms that earn revenues from licensing their patent portfolios, rather than producing physical products—often referred to as patent assertion entities (PAEs)—frustrate or facilitate innovation? Based on data from the SEC filings of 26 publicly-traded firms that an expert (RPX Corporation) has categorized as PAEs, covering the period 2000 to 2016, we estimate: their spending on R&D, patent acquisition, and litigation; and their revenues, rates of return on assets, market returns, and risk-return ratios. 

Analysis and Commentary

Patent Trolls Or Patent Elves? Evidence From Publicly-Traded Patent Assertion Entities

by Noel Maurer, Stephen Habervia Hoover IP2
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

We assess whether patent assertion entities (PAEs), specialized firms that acquire and enforce patents on inventions that they do not actually produce or market, impose substantial burdens on operating companies. Using a sample of all publicly traded PAEs, we proceed in four steps. 

Honesty for Hire

by Kris Mitchener, Noel Maurervia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 2, 2010

A few countries have found a way to stop graft and foster political stability: hire foreigners to collect their revenue. By Kris James Mitchener and Noel Maurer.