The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Exclusive Interview" series.

In today's segment, analyst Austin Smith interviews acclaimed author and New York Times columnist Charles Duhigg about his recent book The Power of Habit and the iEconomy series he's written for the Times.

Patents are an absolutely essential part of the business landscape today, but the enormous power they wield over companies that rely on intellectual property for profits can also disproportionately favor those who can afford the most.

It can't be overstated that a patent bullet can take down enormous organizations, and it's something tech investors today need to be aware of.

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