patent trolls

  • 10 Ways Startups Can Deal With Patent Troll Demands

    10 Ways Startups Can Deal With Patent Troll Demands

    Editor’s note: Colleen V. Chien is an assistant professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Stefani E. Shanberg is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. It’s no fun receiving a patent demand, but rest assured, you are not alone. When that dreaded “invitation to license” or, worse, “complaint” arrives at your doorstep, what should you do? Read More

  • Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)

    Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)

    Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching (or squeezing money out of) manufacturers of devices running Android. And now, for some reason, it has given valuable patents to a patent troll — which is using them to sue many of the top technology companies in the world. Meet Digitude Innovations, a firm… Read More

  • The Terrible Cost Of Patents

    The Terrible Cost Of Patents

    The cost of patents is going up, and that is not a good thing. After all, Google is paying $12.5 billion for Motorola largely for its huge mobile patent portfolio. In July, an anti-Google consortium ponied up $4.5 billion Nortel's patents (and they overpayed). Interdigital, Kodak, and others are looking to sell their patent portfolios. We are in the middle of a patent bubble. If you think… Read More

  • Today in Patent Trolls: Vuestar

    Today in Patent Trolls: Vuestar

    The internet has a few kinds of links, but the most common are text and image links. For example, I can link this image of VueStar’s logo: To a website featuring stuff on a cat (luckily I’m in a good mood or you guys would have been in for a surprise). It’s one of the backbones of our freedom. Sadly, VueStar patented a system for Method of locating web-pages by utilising visual… Read More