Posts Tagged: patent troll


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 Fussner 8 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 9 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 10 months 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 12 months 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

Devil in Disguise: The Legend of the Villainous Patent Owners

It is truly a shame that so many have bought into the demonization of patent owners without any critical thought. In order to believe the narrative emanating …
By Gene Quinn 1 year ago 26

How misleading scholarship contorts patent enforcement into a Patent Troll fable

One of the largest risks for a successful technology-based small business, startup, or individual inventor, is success itself—successful inventions invite predation by large market incumbents. The …

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 1 year ago 2

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 …

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 1 year ago 0

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 1 year ago 34