A happy ending to a long and sordid saga.
Perhaps times are really tough at IBM. Twitter updated its pre-IPO S-1 documentation this morning, revealing that IBM is suing it over three patents.
Editor’s Pick Lumen View Technology filed a “Motion for Protective Order” to prevent FindTheBest, an e-commerce company it sued for patent infringement, from publicly sharing details about the case.
The Innovation Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is a comprehensive bill aimed at neutralizing patent trolls. And it just might pass.
At last! The FTC is taking action against patent trolls. Or at least it voted to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information about patent trolls. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
Editor’s Pick FindTheBest is taking a stand and saying “screw you” to patent trolls. The company filed a lawsuit against a patent troll, which sued it for a patent infringement earlier this year.
Guest Post Innovation is at risk every day there’s no action taken to prevent patent trolls from suing companies based on broad patents. With help from President Obama, tech companies may finally be in a position to fight back.
“I wouldn’t have filed the case if we didn’t feel very confident in our position,” Melsheimer told me this morning as he was stepping off an airplane in Dallas. “This was a case that I liked, our firm liked, and I think we have a reasonable chance of winning.”
Guest Post The inauguration of the “Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents” is a great opportunity to take another look at the U.S. patent system, and how it fares with startups and software companies.
Guest Post You just invested in a promising startup, e-Widgets. The future looks bright. Suddenly, out of nowhere, e-Widgets gets a certified letter in the mail. The letter claims that the company’s flagship software is infringing on an existing patent. What do you do?
Patent analytics firm IP Checkups wants to expose the patent portfolio owned by Intellectual Ventures, one of the largest patent holders in the United States.
Patent trolls cost the U.S. economy almost $30 billion each year. But now Congress has an opportunity to save that money and help innovators sleep a little better at night.
As we all know, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is totally about innovation. Just ask patent trolls like Patent Group LLC or Select Retrieval … or the company they sued, Build.com. Or American entrepreneurs who are redirecting $30 billion a year from research and development to patent defense.
This one goes in the I’m-not-sure-what-to think category. Oracle, the company that just failed in its attempt to sue Google for violating dubious-sounding patents relating to Java technologies acquired in the Sun takeover, is now suing Lodsys, which has somewhat successfully sued app developers and website owners for violating its own dubious-sounding patents.
Editor's Pick With Facebook getting ready for its IPO, Yahoo has decided to sue over patent infringement. Yahoo used the same tactic against Google in the run up to their IPO, pocketing a helping of the search engine’s pre-IPO shares.
The legal team at Yahoo reached out to Facebook yesterday, at the same time as they were briefing the New York Times, to give the social networking giant the heads up that it would be seeking licensing fees on ten to twenty patents, and suing if that didn’t work.
Nathan Myhrvold, the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, has insisted for the past decade that his firm Intellectual Ventures has been collecting patents to enable new inventions.
Paul Allen lost his nerve in the high stakes game of technology investments in 2000, when he shut down Interval Research, a respected Silicon Valley think tank. Now he has the gall to say that what his researchers created and patented was really valuable, and so all of the successful companies that weathered the storm and stuck it out should pay him. If it’s not clear already, my opinion is that Allen has just shredded his good name.