Mass High Tech published my article, "The reasons for building 'super patent' portfolios" in their April 18th edition. Some ideas from the article:
One approach that has gained some traction recently is that of a "super patent," a "portfolio of portfolios" with a common theme or focus area. Thematic examples include wireless communications, RFIDs, microprocessors, memory chips, bar codes and computer security.
Among the many benefits provided by such a high-volume, broad portfolio approach is a strong defense against competitors armed with their own patents. Super-patent portfolios are likely to deter litigation because of "mutually assured destruction," to borrow a Cold War concept. Conversely, broad portfolios increase the incentives for cross-licensing and co-existence among competitors in similar markets.