Definition - What does Weaponized Patent mean?
Patent wars have become increasingly common among high-tech companies since the 1990s. In recent years, however, the game has shifted from a drive to protect unique technologies and inventions to a business strategy in which some struggling companies appear to be using patents as a last-ditch attempt to generate revenue. This has forced many large tech companies to buy and stockpile patents as a means of defense against these lawsuits.
Techopedia explains Weaponized Patent
The term weaponized patent was popularized by a March 2012 article by Andy Baio for Wired.com, where he explained how Yahoo's patents on software he created were used in a lawsuit against Facebook. Baio calls Yahoo's lawsuit against Facebook "nothing short of extortion," claiming that one of the patents he co-invented - and that was later used in Yahoo's suit against Facebook - was so abstract that it could have been used against a number of other companies. As it turned out, Facebook defended itself against Yahoo's suit for 10 patents by suing Yahoo with 10 patents from its own patent collection.