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Senate Small Business Committee finds consensus on patent reform

Significant consensus was reached between representatives of small business and universities at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on March 19, 2015. …

Financial Services Innovations from IBM Combat Fraud, Improve Pricing Activities

Interestingly, we noted a great number of innovations filed by IBM that extend into the field of financial services. The company has already been working to develop …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 1

The Role of Academic Institutions in the Nation’s Innovation System

Universities are dependent upon the U.S. patent system and the capacity of that system to protect the legitimate intellectual property rights of individual university inventors and …
By Dr. Michael Crum
3 years ago 0

Senate Judiciary Committee seeks balance on patent troll legislation

Earlier today the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on patent reform. The hearing was titled The Impact of Abusive Patent Litigation Practices on the American Economy. …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

India, Pharmacy to the Developing World, Must Honor IP Rights

Claiming to be the ''Pharmacy to the Developing World'', India argues that their lax intellectual property rights regime is critical to their ability to provide low-cost, quality …

Banks struggle to keep up as cybersecurity risks increase

Regulations will likely start rolling out in the coming year starting at the state level. In May of last year, for example, the New York State Department …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

FTC Approves Final Order Barring PAE From Using Deceptive Tactics

The order bars the company, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, and its law firm from making deceptive representations when asserting patent rights. The settlement with MPHJ, announced in …

In Defense of Patents and Licensing: Why the Newest Attack is Bogus

Fortunately, a new study showing that academic patent licensing contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy over eighteen years blows the stuffing right out of …
By Joseph Allen
3 years ago 1

Understanding the valuable role played by Patent Trolls

The U.S. economy is full of intermediaries everywhere you look. But for some reason we have demonized the intermediaries in the market for innovation. Think of …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Smartphone innovation has soared because of patents

It’s impossible to actually support the idea that patents harm smartphone innovation because there is no consumer product that has changed so much over the past …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 10

Inventors are NOT patent trolls and they are NOT the problem

Large companies can steal your patented technology, make a great deal of money, ignore you all together, and then have the resources, the vast resources in most …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 34

Jury Tells Robin Thicke to Give it Up

Thicke maintains that the Gaye family doesn't own a genre, a style, or a groove and he’s right. The Gayes point out no other musicians or …
By Beth Hutchens
3 years ago 5

Law Firm Trends: AmLaw firms handling smaller percentage of cases filed in 2014

Some time ago, a colleague posed an interesting question to me in hopes that Lex Machina’s data might be able to shed some light: Has the …
By Brian Howard
3 years ago 0

The Innovation Act vs. The Innovation System

There is no credible evidence behind proposals to make the drastic changes embodied in the Innovation Act, the removal of discretion from judges to judge each case …
By Dr. Kirti Gupta
3 years ago 3

Whether an innovation is embodied in software or hardware should be irrelevant

''Whether in a software product or to embody the invention in a hardware product, is often nothing more than a design choice. Whether an innovation is embodied …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 7