The House passed the Innovation Act today in an effort to thwart patent trolls and their preying. However many advocates for patent reform are saying it still falls short, and doesn’t properly consider the consequences to small businesses.
Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and others succeeded in preventing expansion of the “Covered Business Method” (CBM) program, which gives companies more opportunities to defend themselves against trolling and cuts down on the number of low-quality patents.
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Reuters published an exclusive report today which said that Intellectual Ventures — the pioneer, King, and most-well known of all patent trolls — has curtailed its patent buying while it raises new funds.
Boston University is seeking a ban on all iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air sales based on a patent dating back 22 years ago that runs out in two years.
In the wake of a key appeals court’s decision Friday to uphold a controversial patent owned by Ultramercial, the tech industry fears that patent abuse will continue, unabated.
Hoping to help fix the patent system, President Obama is proposing new legislative recommendations that could make life much tougher for patent trolls.
The developer of pull-to-refresh was so concerned about how Twitter would use his patent that he asked Twitter to agree with him — as part of the terms of the sale of his company — that it would never use the patent offensively.
Editor's Pick We now know that patent trolling costs the US economy $30 billion a year, give or take. And patents can effectively be used to stifle competition. What’s an embattled CEO to do when the patent trolls come calling?
Editor's Pick The crisis that is the American software patent system has reached a tipping point. It’s no longer just established companies who are being hit with frivolous lawsuits, it’s startups as well. And in a new twist, American cities that are already strapped for cash are getting the shakedown from patent trolls.
Yahoo has put the IP squeeze on Facebook, slapping it with a patent lawsuit during the quiet period in the run up to the social network’s IPO. While it’s tempting to see this as the first shot fired in a broader patent war centered around social networking, Lance Lieberman, a veteran New York patent lawyer with a specialty in software, thinks it’s just Yahoo’s first step down the dark path towards life as a patent troll.
In lieu of waiting for actual patent reform, Google announced today that it has bid $900 million on Nortel’s patent portfolio to protect against wanton patent litigation.
A long-awaited struggle over patent reform appears to be upon us, the Washington Post reports today (hat tip to the WSJ’s Health Blog). It pits the tech industry against pharmaceutical/biotech companies over intellectual property protections that, depending on where you stand, are either largely a nuisance or an industry’s lifeblood.
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