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When Do Operating Companies Sell Their Patents?

What causes operating companies to sell their patents? Our intuition tells us that patent sales take place when the seller is in financial distress or the company …

FTC report on PAEs could have an outsized effect on U.S. patent reform debate

The information the FTC has been collecting regarding patent assertion entities is extensive. Along with standard corporate information, the FTC is making a survey of each patent …
By William Cory Spence
1 month ago 1

Are Patents the Reason Poor Countries Lack Healthcare?

A consistent charge against the patent system is that it denies the poor access to critical medicines. This belief led the UN Secretary General to launch his …
By Joseph Allen
1 month ago 3

Would Monopoly® be patent ineligible under Alice?

One particularly disconcerting and largely unpredictable aspect of Alice is how it has been used to render games patent ineligible. This type of Alice-creep is particularly disconcerting …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 44

Patent Landscaping: Sorting the grain from the chaff

Companies at the cutting edge of their industries have realized the immense value of their patent portfolios and are still trying to make the most of that …
By Julia Elvidge
1 month ago 0

U.S. patent system may be biggest obstacle for inventors

The NPR-style article tells the story of Tory Norred, a fellow in the cardiology program at the University of Missouri, who in 1998 came up with the idea …
By Bruce Berman
1 month ago 44

Boston-based Tasty Burger alleges trademark infringement by Tasty Made, Chipotle’s burger chain

hipotle Mexican Grill is gearing up to launch a new franchise brand of restaurants. The first Tasty Made will open this fall in Lancaster, OH, and locations …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 0

Provisional Patents: What are they and why do you need them?

The first thing to say is this: there is no such thing as a provisional patent. You can, however, file what is known as a provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 3

NVIDIA’s Ansel Offers In-Game Photo Mode for Parkour Adventures Game

Ansel is currently only available for a parkour adventure game called Mirror’s Edge Catalyst sold on Origin. It is supported by PCs, provided the computer has …
By Benjamin Joe
2 months ago 0

FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division Seek Comment on Proposed Update to IP Licensing Guidelines

The IP Licensing Guidelines, which state the agencies’ antitrust enforcement policy with respect to the licensing of intellectual property protected by patent, copyright, and trade secret law …

Negotiation to Sell Products Outside the US is not an Infringing Offer for Sale

The Federal Circuit again addressed whether Pulse’s domestic sales activities were either a sale or an offer for sale in the U.S. While the patent …

Data tracking for targeted ads puts Windows 10 under French data regulator’s crosshairs

Recently, Windows 10 data tracking has gotten Microsoft into legal troubles with a data regulatory agency that has been engaged with data privacy activism in the past. France’…
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Common sense is no substitute for reasoned analysis and evidentiary support

O’Malley recognized that in Perfect Web the Federal Circuit did authorize the use of common sense to supply a missing claim limitation, but she pointed out …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 15

Swiss researchers make breakthrough in medical microrobot technology

ETHZ, one of the Swiss universities involved in the recent microbot breakthrough, received a patent in 2013 for a related technology. U.S. Patent No. 8405256, entitled Wireless Resonant …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

How do Estates Monetize Images and Intellectual Property of Dead Celebrities?

With the deaths of Prince and David Bowie earlier in the year, the process by which celebrity estates monetize the images and other intellectual property (IP) of …
By Derek Handova
2 months ago 1