patents

  • Why startups need a defensive IP strategy Crunch Network

    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 way people view things. What they often don’t realize, though, is that in the midst of brutal competition, the path to scale and success is often lined with unexpected co-travelers and events. Read More

  • A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy Crunch Network

    A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy

    In the year 2000, the music business was still strong. Record companies produced albums and shipped these physical objects to the stores that sold them. The internet was slowly becoming a system of mass consumption and distribution, but the majority of consumers still purchased physical media. And while the record industry was aware of piracy online, the threat seemed minimal. Then came Napster. Read More

  • Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re a delivery drone with a flight duration of 20 minutes with your current payload, but because of delays (use your imagination) you’re never going to make it in time. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? You land on a streetlight that’s been converted into a drone charger! Thank goodness Amazon patented those. Read More

  • The changing trade secret and patent equilibrium Crunch Network

    The changing trade secret and patent equilibrium

    It is no secret that trade secrets are essential to the success of many businesses. Nearly all of us are aware of examples of highly treasured trade secrets, such as the recipe for Coca-Cola, the formula for WD-40 and the methodology for creating the nooks and crannies in Thomas’ English Muffins. Less-known is the growing importance of trade secrets and the role they play in our… Read More

  • As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms Crunch Network

    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 capacity for innovation.” Politics aside, it’s hard to argue with his call to action. Read More

  • Why patent trolls won’t give up Crunch Network

    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 spent seven years on the “dark side” working for patent trolls before coming back to the light. Patent trolls are companies that derive all or almost all of their revenue… Read More

  • Xiaomi inks Microsoft patent deal and agrees to pre-install Office apps on its phones

    Xiaomi inks Microsoft patent deal and agrees to pre-install Office apps on its phones

    Xiaomi is moving closer to launching its smartphones in the U.S. market. Today the Chinese company announced a partnership with Microsoft that includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement and the pre-installation of Skype and Microsoft Office products on Xiaomi devices. Read More

  • Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself Crunch Network

    Tesla’s patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself

    What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But everyone appreciates one fundamental fact: Patents, and intellectual property generally, mean value. Read More

  • 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

  • The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP Crunch Network

    The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP

    What’s a tech startup’s most valuable asset? It’s not the seed money. It’s not the workspace. And it’s definitely not the espresso machine or Ping Pong table. The priceless heart of a promising startup is its intellectual property (IP) — the disruptive idea, the brilliant invention, the genius breakthrough. This hot commodity needs to be protected by… Read More

  • Swipe To Patent: Design Patents In The Age Of User Interfaces Crunch Network

    Swipe To Patent: Design Patents In The Age Of User Interfaces

    User experience and user-interface design is an emerging field in the technology industry, even more so in the legal world of patents. (Sometimes this field is known by the shorthand UX/UI.) It might surprise you to know that the fastest growing segment of design patent filings is in the UX/UI space. Read More

  • Google Offers To Give Away Patents To Startups In Its Push Against Patent Trolls

    Google Offers To Give Away Patents To Startups In Its Push Against Patent Trolls

    Back in April, Google launched a pop-up, temporary marketplace for companies to sell patents, with Google being the sole buyer. Today, the search and mobile giant is expanding that marketplace in the other direction: Google has started a program for startups to give away up to two non-organic patent families off Google, as well as potentially make offers to buy patents from it in the future. Read More

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