Posts Tagged: patent troll


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
7 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
8 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
8 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
9 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
9 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
10 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 …
By Rudy Telscher & Kara R. Fussner
11 months ago 4

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
12 months 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

The Patent Games Publicly Traded Companies Play

In the patent arena it is not hypocrisy that is fueling the misguided strategies of tech companies. Instead it is the self-interest of tech CEOs who are …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 11

Google Announces the Patent Purchase Promotion to Foster Innovation

Google announces its response to the Patent Troll issue they call the Patent Purchase …
By Renee Quinn
1 year ago 34

John Oliver says American small businesses want the Innovation Act, but he’s wrong

It’s great that John Oliver brought the subject of patent trolls, about which IPWatchdog has already produced some considerable coverage, to an audience that topped 1.4 million …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 6

Uncle Sam the Patent Troll Sues to Stop Generic HIV Drug

HHS is suing a defendant that merely wants to market a generic version of a drug that is used to treat patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 12

Patent Licensing is as American as Apple Pie

To hear the rhetoric from lobbyists for some large tech companies you would think patent licensing is some sort of shady business, akin to extortion. Never mind …
By David Pridham
1 year ago 4

Problem Child: The Third-Grade Approach to Patent Owners

Punishing everyone for the actions of an easily identifiable few is an abuse of power. The difference is when Sister Mary did it we lost a few …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 7