What effects do patent trolls ultimately have on the consumer-driven lives of the public and how are these effects attained?
First off, the phrasing of your question is kind of confusing. A better wording would be something along the lines of: “What aspects of consumer-driven public life are affected by patent trolls and how are they attained?”
In addition to that, your question seems like it’s going to leave you relaying information to the reader. Patent trolls affect in ‘this way’(whatever that may be) and it happens because of ‘this’. I don’t see where much of the analysis is going to come from.
I can see enough analysis coming from the topic, but I’m not sure the “how are these effects attained” is necessary. I think that will only lead to stating facts about the topic.
It’s a great topic, but I’d have to agree with Sam and Omar that the wording is a bit imprecise. I’d also add some of the language doesn’t really add anything and maybe should be dropped. For example, why do we need to think of the public’s lives as “consumer driven?” Does consumption play a role in this topic somehow? If so, can you be more precise about it? Also, the connection between the efforts of patent trolls and consumers is not clearly expressed here. If the question’s intent is to result in a research project that merely lists all the ways that consumers’ lives are affected by patent trolls, that’s not exactly research; that’s more just looking stuff up and not so much advancing an argument. To be research, a project has to be arguing for something specific.
Can you think of a specific case that you could use in your research question? That might make your question more focused, easier to understand, and clear the bar of what is research.
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