While large companies continue to thrive on pervasive technological advancements, small inventors have been limited by their inability to exploit their patents. Patent portfolio licensing created a pioneering way to increase the utility of patents; however, in practice this business model has typically favored powerful players in the technology industry. A new market has emerged based on innovative business models which favor small inventors. This market seeks to aggregate and distribute patents to companies that infringe on intellectual property or that want to draw on it as a source. By matching patent owners with patent users, this market may enable small inventors to have a greater stake in their technological efforts.
Peter N. Detkin, Leveling the Patent Playing Field, 6 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 636 (2007)