patents

  • 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

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

    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 a patent-reform bill called the Innovation Act of 2015 “this summer.” Read More