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When Patents Attack!

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Listen to the Planet Money story to learn how toast figures in the patent war.

A new cold war is raging in America. Patents are the weapons and “trolls” are the soldiers as tech and software companies battle for market supremacy. That’s according to an investigation by NPR Planet Money cohorts Laura Sydell and Alex Blumberg. They join Doug on Monday to talk about the billionaire-backed company that’s one of the most intimidating patent trolls out there, the battleground town of 24,000 people in East Texas and how patents became the tech industry equivalent of a broadsword.

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