Posts in Patent Trolls


The PTAB has failed to solve the patent troll problem created by large operating companies

The patent troll problem has always been a creation of large operating companies. They obtained dubious, highly questionable patents. These low quality patents were then sold to …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 101

Clearing the Underbrush: How to Fight Low Quality Patents Related to Commoditized Technology that Threaten Innovation

IP departments are often forced to spend their limited budget defending patent troll lawsuits targeted at the base computing and service layers instead of where it should …
By Karl Fazio
1 month ago 36

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

On the menu this week for Other Barks & Bites... Video game systems developed by Nintendo and Sony are targeted in a patent infringement suit filed in Delaware …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

New Microsoft patent program aims to give Azure cloud developers security from patent lawsuits

The springing license does offer at least some protection in the future against patent aggregators looking to monetize IP assets, but it wouldn’t stop any party, …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Why NPEs are necessary for China to dominate its domestic chip industry

NPEs are uniquely positioned to help China by attacking foreign entities to clear the way for Chinese companies by exerting pressure in ways that only NPEs can. …
By Erick Robinson
2 months ago 3

The Four Consequential Patent Trends of 2016

Suffice it to say that 2016 has been an interesting year. The political climate is much different than one year ago amidst a growing tide of nationalism abroad …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

Doing the Math on Patent Trolls: The U.S. patent system is a most efficient government program

Patents and the innovators who own them do not “cost” the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars each year. This claim has been repeatedly and …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

The patent views of Peter Thiel and what they mean for the Trump Administration

Although the tech industry is big in America, the industry itself was not big on the idea of a Trump presidency. Trump, however, did have one very …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 26

Don’t Feed the Trolls: Practicality in View of the FTC’s Report on Patent Assertion Entities 

The Norwegian fairy tale “Three Billy Goats Gruff” was far ahead of its time and the moral of that story has a very relevant, modern application. In …
By Ravi Mohan
5 months ago 9

FTC report recommendations largely legislative in scope in new patent assertion entity report

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recently released report on patent assertion entities (PAEs) includes a number of key findings made by the agency on the business …
By William Cory Spence
5 months ago 0

The FTC’s PAE Study: Doing More Harm Than Good

Basing policy recommendations on no evidence, or at best anecdotal evidence, has great potential to do more harm than good…especially when some of the missing evidence …
By Kristen Osenga
5 months ago 1

Why should litigation costs of the infringer be relevant to determine if a license is fair or just a nuisance?

Why should the costs of the tortfeasing infringer be relevant in determining whether the extracted value from a settlement is fair? The fact that law firms charge …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 29

Lies, Damn Lies and Media Bias: Fortune Misrepresents FTC Report on Patent Assertion Entities

Simply stated, Fortune is wrong. The FTC report did not have harsh words for patent trolls. In fact, the FTC had harsh words for those who use …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 7

Ars Technica reports confuse “patent troll” with legitimate patent owners enforcing property rights

To be fair, the coverage by Ars Technica doesn’t take the same vituperative tone as other voices who have concerns related to abuses of the U.…
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 5

FTC releases report on PAE Activity, recognizes important role of enforcing patents

Despite what many thought were the intentions of the FTC going into this project, the FTC did acknowledge the important role patent enforcement plays within the patent …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
6 months ago 2