It’s patent reform season in Congress again, and along with the warming weather comes a new flurry of over-heated concerns about patent trolls, defined by some as “patent owners who file lawsuits rather than make or sell products.” Well, we at Dominion Harbor Group are patent licensors — inventions are the “products” we sell to industry on behalf of our clients — and I’d like to show how many patents promote innovation, not litigation.

We help to commercialize, for example, the inventions of DDD Group, a developer of advanced 3D imaging technology. Its patented TriDef 3D software is deployed today in 50 million PCs and computer chips, laptops, tablets, and televisions made under license by Sharp, Samsung, LG, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and Intel. Its TriDef and Yabazam apps for smartphones and tablets, meanwhile, were named “3D Products of the Year” in 2013 by the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society, an organization founded by The Walt Disney Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Sony, Paramount, IMAX, Dolby, and others to advance the art and science of 3D.