patent trolls

This 32-year-old state senator is trying to get patent trolls out of Massachusetts

When the internet security company Cloudflare decided to engage in all-out war with what it views as a “dangerous new breed of patent troll,” it found a receptive audience with Eric Lesser

The hunted becomes the hunter: How Cloudflare’s fight with a ‘patent troll’ could alter the game

Matthew Prince knew what was coming. The CEO of Cloudflare, an internet security company and content delivery network in San Francisco, was behind his desk when the emails began. College classmates-tu

Patent trolls take it on the chin in new Supreme Court ruling

Sad! Patent trolls, who've benefited from a 30-year-old legal standard that made it possible for patent holders to sue companies in almost any U.S. jurisdiction -- including a federal district in east

Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem

Entrepreneurs don’t pour all their energy into building startups just to have a patent troll attack them with patents of questionable quality. The patent troll problem is big and growing, posing a t

Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with desi

Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the w

As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms

Bill Gates recently penned an open letter to the 2016 presidential candidates, imploring them to support something he hopes “every candidate will agree on in November: America’s unparalleled capac

Why patent trolls won’t give up

In Return of the Jedi, Yoda tells Luke "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.” Luckily for me, this didn’t apply to the patent world. I spe

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 cover

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

The Basics Of Open Patent Licensing

A new trio of open patent licenses can help encourage innovation, reduce patent trolling, and help attract top engineering talent. These licenses aren’t just for idealistic hippies. They are legal t

The Supreme Court And Your Software Patents

The Supreme Court recently issued its long-awaited opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, known more affectionately in many circles as the Supreme Court case deciding whether software is patentab

These Aren’t The Patent Trolls You’re Looking For

Over the past few years, the debate over so-called “patent trolls” has risen to a fever pitch. Businesses of all sizes have complained about the “horrible” effects of patent trolls. Legal scho

White House Unveils Patent Protections, Including Crowdsourcing, To Help Find Prior Claims

The White House isn't waiting for Congress to enact new intellectual property laws. President Obama has made good on his promise to go after so-called "patent trolls," businesses that hoard legal owne

Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s 43-Day Assault On The Patent Troll

NPEs (the bad ones) are undeniably a problem. By one estimate, companies that have been targeted by NPEs spend $29 billion a year in direct costs, with $83 billion a year in lost wealth, an amount tha

Ditto Defeats Patent Claim After Teaming Up With A ‘Troll’

Earlier this year, I <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/05/21/ditto-patent-indiegogo-campaign/">wrote about a startup</a> called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-

VC, Startup Survey Addresses Whether Patent Assertions Help Or Hurt, And What To Do If You Get Hit

You have an idea for a product that is going to change the world. For years you work day and night, and over time, that hard work turns into a company. You have users, revenue and, finally, the busine

Examining The Effects Of Patent-Troll Legislation On Startups

Non-practicing entities (NPEs), or patent trolls, have largely stayed off the political radar for the 12 years since the term "patent troll" was <a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Senator Charles Schumer Targets Patent Trolls, Wants USPTO To Review Infringement Suits Before They Head To Court

Companies like Google, BlackBerry, Earthlink, Red Hat, and others in the tech community, have been <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/04/05/google-blackberry-earthlink-and-red-hat-take-a-stand-

Law Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay For Failed Lawsuits Against Innovators

America’s esteemed lawmakers want heavy penalties for those who abuse the patent system. A bipartisan bill has been proposed to force so-called patent trolls, those who hoard patents for the sol
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