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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 ma

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

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 form

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

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 an

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 eve

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

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

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

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 patent

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 f

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 p

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

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

TiVo Sues Samsung For Patent Infringement

TiVo is preparing to launch a next-generation device reportedly called “Bolt,” which may replace the current Roamio models which have recently seen their prices slashed. But TiVo hardware

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 promis

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

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

Tech CEOs Call On The House To Move Its Ass On Patent Reform

Today the CEOs of Yelp, Yahoo, Twitter, TripAdvisor, Rackspace, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google, Gilt, and Etsy wrote a letter to leaders of the House of Representatives, pressing the politicians to pass
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