patents

  • Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on Crunch Network

    Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on

    As a former patent examiner, I recognize that the patent system, in its purest form, should protect and incentivize innovation through a limited-term contract, offering exclusive monopoly rights covering a technology, product or design element. In practice, it’s much uglier, and by no means did the Founding Fathers intend for patents to be utilized toward incremental monopolization ploys. Read More

  • Faraday Future gets its first patent

    Faraday Future gets its first patent

    Faraday Future has its first U.S. patent in hand for a smaller, more powerful inverter. So it’s definitely not as sexy as the Batmobile-like concept car the company brought to its splashy debut at CES 2016, but it is arguably more useful. Read More

  • How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls Crunch Network

    How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

    Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a PAE, and litigation by PAEs using acquired patents is increasing at an… Read More

  • What Are My Patents Worth? Crunch Network

    What Are My Patents Worth?

    We enter 2016 with some mixed signals regarding the value of patents for technology companies. Many are preaching a death of patent rights and are questioning whether to invest in patents. Will patents continue to be a worthwhile corporate investment? Is the recent trend a bubble of devaluation that will pop? We’ve identified some IP (intellectual property) trends that are important… Read More

  • Keep An Eye On Sidecar’s Patents

    Keep An Eye On Sidecar’s Patents

    A day after the news broke that General Motors was picking up assets from failed Uber competitor Sidecar, today the startup’s CEO finally confirmed the details directly in a blog post and provided a few more details about the deal. A “key component to the transaction,” writes CEO Sunil Paul, was Sidecar’s patents, for which GM has taken a license, but… Read More

  • Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

    Jawbone Files Countersuit Against Fitbit In “Frivolous” Patent Infringement Case

    The war continues apace in the world of wearable fitness trackers. Jawbone — which makes fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets — has filed a counterclaim against Fitbit in a patent infringement case brought by the latter company against its rival in September. In the countersuit — embedded below along with Fitbit’s patent suit — Jawbone denies… Read More

  • Apple Wins Again In Ongoing Patent Litigation With Samsung

    Apple Wins Again In Ongoing Patent Litigation With Samsung

    A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled Samsung should have been barred from retailing products that infringe on Apple’s patents. Apple had been denied an injunction against Samsung by a lower court in May 2014. A jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $120 million for violating patents for the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock, autocorrect and data detection features. Read More

  • Patent Reform Tries Again Crunch Network

    Patent Reform Tries Again

    Patent reform, long a decidedly unsexy topic best discussed over a strong espresso, has been a hot topic in recent years. Even though Congress substantially overhauled the patent system just three and a half years ago with the passage of the America Invents Act, the continued public drumbeat (a drumbeat taken up by President Obama, among others) against “Patent Assertion… Read More

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