Atlanta Associate John Bush authored an article July 15 in Law 360 regarding patent infringement suits filed against banks by non-practicing entities, or NPEs. Banks and other financial institutions are frequently targeted by NPEs for technology they purchased and integrated into the information technology department that infringes on patents, such as transaction authorizing systems, interactive voice response systems, online messaging between banks and customers, and ATMs. These allegations result in high legal expenses for the banks, regardless of the credibility of the allegations. “By reacting to an NPE’s first contact with a considered approach…banks can significantly improve their posture,” Bush wrote, outlining a series of considerations.