WGA Partners with RPX and CRC to Take on Patent Troll Problem

10/23/2014

Press for Immediate Release

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, October 23, 2014 – William Gallagher Associates (“WGA”) has been chosen by CRC and RPX as the exclusive broker to the northeast for a patent infringement program that covers the costs associated with law suits encountered from Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs). This unique approach allows technology companies the market leverage needed to combat the threat of patent litigation often from patent trolls, most of which have no interest in developing.

RPX’s solution to the problem is to reduce the risk exposure by acquiring patents before NPEs can assert them against its network of clients. RPX has deployed more than $100 million annually in acquiring patents and has received more than 430 dismissals from over 60 litigations.

“Historically, securing insurance coverage for intellectual property has been a very complicated process, this program gives technology executives useful tools to help quantify a potential financial hit, and to plan accordingly to mitigate the risks,” commented Jamie Balboni, Principal and Property & Casualty Practice Leader for WGA. “This combination of an insurance product with membership to this powerful consortium provides the best protection available today.”

Patent infringement is no longer just a problem to larger technology companies. Today, the NPE patent troll problem has an impact on any company with technology related patents; this can range from start-ups to middle market venture-backed, all the way up to the fortune 500.

About RPX – RPX Corporation is the leading provider of patent risk solutions, offering defensive buying, acquisition syndication, patent intelligence, insurance services, and advisory services. Since its founding in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to patent litigation. RPX’s pioneering approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. By acquiring problem patents, RPX helps to mitigate and manage the risk of potential patent assertions for its growing client network. http://www.rpxcorp.com/

About WGA – WGA is a leading provider of insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefit services to companies with complex risks and dynamic needs, within industries that include life sciences, high technology, financial risks, healthcare, energy, clean tech and environmental services. The firm was founded in 1983 and is one of the country’s leading independent brokerage firms, with offices in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; Columbia, MD; Princeton, NJ; and Atlanta, GA. Visit WGA’s website www.WGAins.com or the WGA InsureBlog at http://blog.wgains.com/

About CRC/Crump – CRC Crump is a leading insurance wholesaler connecting retail agents to exceptional products for property, casualty and professional lines risks. The wholesale brokerage, MGA/binding authorities and specialty programs operations offer unique expertise and unsurpassed market access. For over 90 years, Crump has provided comprehensive risk solutions to its customers.  http://www.crcins.com/Default.aspx

For further information about this program, email info@wgains.com or contact:

Susan Forbes
Chief Innovation Officer
William Gallagher Associates
470 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
direct (617) 646-0282
sforbes@WGAins.com