Allied Security Trust
Allied Security Trust (AST) describes itself as "a purely defensive organization helping to minimize the exposure of operating companies to adversarial patent holders".
AST buys patents, gives licences to it's members, and then sells the patents on again.
- Research in Motion
Sun Microsystems was a member before it got bought out.
 Related pages on en.swpat.org
- AST homepage
- Allied Security Trust, Wikipedia
- AST expected to buy Java patents for $100,000, 16 Apr 2010, Groklaw
- Patent cartel formed to fight "trolls", 30 June 2008, criticism (note: the author's use of the term "patent cartel", but not with the meaning we suggest)
- Big tech gets legal aid in the patent wars, 30 June 2008, CNN/Fortune
- Bitten by patent-fish? Try "Catch and Release.", 2 July 2008, ThePriorArt
- "Sun, EBay, Rock & Republic, Troyer: Intellectual Property". http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&refer=conews&tkr=1149L:US&sid=aI70xRS4IR9w. "Sun Microsystems Inc. and Motorola Inc. are among a group of high tech companies that joined in a novel ``catch-and-release strategic alliance as a way of avoiding costly patent litigation. Other members include Hewlett-Packard Co., Verizon Communications Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Google Inc., and Ericsson AB, said Brian Hinman, chief executive of the new venture."
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