Posts Tagged: patent troll


Congressman Issa calls patent trolls and plaintiffs interchangeable during ITC hearing

The Subcommittee is Chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has been an outspoken advocate for the need for more patent reform in order to provide relief …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 16

Senators told FTC report on patent assertion entities due out this spring

When patents were brought up in the hearing, however, it seemed to focus mainly on their effects in the pharmaceutical world. Ramirez’s prepared remarks for the …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 5

IP Threats and Collaboration in the Auto Industry

In 1903, Henry Ford was hit with a patent lawsuit while watching his first automobiles get loaded into boxcars. IP issues have plagued the auto industry every since. …
By Toshio Nakajima
8 months ago 4

Patent Reform at all Costs: Desperate reformer resorts to lies

It is pure nonsense to say that opponents of patent reform never offer specifics, cite or discuss textual language of the bills. Utter fiction and complete fantasy. …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 7

Senator Grassley talks about patent reform at Iowa town halls

The first meeting this week was in Grundy Center, IA, during which a question about patent reform was asked. Grassley answered that he was trying to stop …
By Paul Morinville
9 months ago 12

RPX says NPE patent litigation increased in 2015, Eastern District of Texas leads way

Patent risk solutions provider RPX yesterday released its 2015 NPE Activity: Highlights report, which offers a first look at trends in patent litigation activity for 2015. According to RPX, …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 17

Why Libertarians Should Support a Strong Patent System

Libertarians believe in property rights and government protection of those rights as one of the few necessary requirements of government. Ownership of property and free markets leads …
By Bob Zeidman & Eashan Gupta
9 months ago 78

US close to innovation heart attack, warns Priceline founder Jay Walker

Jay Walker: "Any marketplace that cannot make a deal without filing a lawsuit in federal court is in deep trouble... The results of this mess are sad …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 24

Repetition of Junk Science & Epithets Does Not Make Them True

In their submission to the Washington Post’s series this week on so-called “patent reform” and “patent trolls,” James Bessen and Michael Meurer repeat the same junk …
By Adam Mossoff
11 months ago 22

Misleading patent troll narrative driven by anecdote, not facts

''An anecdote is a snapshot, a one-dimensional shard of the big picture. It is lacking in scale, perspective, and data,'' authors Steven Levitt and Stephan Dubner …
By Laurie Self
11 months ago 6

Mark Cuban, a software patent troll who hates software patents

While hedging risk is a well known and widely accepted investment tactic, there is something rather bizarre about someone who is such a vocal critic doing exactly …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 44

A fear of trade secret trolls is completely unfounded

Fears about trade secret trolls are based in mythology, not on fact. If those claiming federal trade secret legislation would lead to trade secret trolls actually understand …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 7

Patent Fee Shifting Stops Not Only Patent Trolls But Industry Bullies Too

What may be less well known is that Octane was not itself a “patent troll” case. Rather, Octane involved another kind of abusive patent litigation; namely, a …

Why Google Wins by Giving Away Patents to ‘Startups’ Willing to Join the LOT Network

Google is giving away patents to small-ish tech firms who apply and agree to join the License or Transfer (LOT) Network. Google retains a license to the …
By Kevin A. Rieffel
1 year ago 4

Behind the Scenes on Octane Fitness and Fee-Shifting

I think there was certainly a level of abuse prior to patent trolls from larger companies that weren’t scrupulous trying to sue smaller companies and using …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 6