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May 12, 2008

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Nicole

94 NPEs! Do the affiliates include the actual NPEs only or shell companies as well?

Joe Mullin

I don't know exactly what their definition of an affiliate is, but the 94 number counts each NPE only once. And some of those 94 NPE's are quite large. To take a couple well-known examples—Acacia Research, which has partnered with dozens of small-patent holders to assist them with licensing and litigation, would only count as one of those 94 NPE's.

The Constellation group of companies, controlled by Erich Spangenberg, would also count as just one NPE in this count. I imagine its many connected companies like Orion IP, Plutus IP, and others, would count as 'affiliates.' Again, that's just my assumption.

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