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Supreme Court Rules Samsung Won't Owe Apple $400 Million Over Patent Violations

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.06.2016 | Technology

The Supreme Court handed Samsung a symbolic victory on Tuesday over its arch-rival Apple in a patent dispute worth $400 million. In a brief, unanimous...

You're Subsidizing Drug Research, So Where's Your Return?

Diane Archer | Posted 08.21.2016 | Fifty
Diane Archer

The U.S. invests more than $32 billion each year in drug and biomedical research. Why doesn't the federal government then ensure reasonable prices for drugs developed with public funds -- an appropriate return on the public's investment?

Protect Inventors or Take Down Trolls? Patent Reform with Senator John Cornyn, CEO Innovestion, and Rackspace

Maya Horgan | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Maya Horgan

Senator John Cornyn, Rackspace, and CEO-General Council Kevin Fiur share their insights on a few impending policies that will liberate the entrepreneur... or facilitate idea stealing.

Elon Musk Is Even Smarter Than We Thought

Courtney Michaluk | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Courtney Michaluk

It's an Elon Musk world, and we're just living in it. Before we bow down to a seemingly fearless and altruistic pioneer of electric vehicles and libertarianism, it's important to point out the ongoing contradictions with Musk and markets.

Tesla's Patent Release Isn't Crazy or Altruistic

Andrew Cherwenka | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Andrew Cherwenka

Tesla Motors is freeing up its 200 patents to electric car competitors, throwing automotive analysts into a frenzy. But CEO Elon Musk is just following the profitable open source road paved by Salesforce, Facebook and Apple.

Tesla Is Giving Away All Of Its Ideas For Free

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Business

Tesla is giving away its special sauce. CEO Elon Musk pledged Thursday that the electric carmaker will not sue anyone who uses Tesla’s patented ...

It's Time for Congress to Stop the War on Inventors

Pat Choate | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Pat Choate

Whatever course it chooses to take, Congress should stop those that want to undercut American innovation, particularly in the midst of a fragile economic recovery.

23andMe's Designer Baby Patent

Dov Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Dov Fox

Congress should consider amending the patent law to appoint ethical representatives to the PTO. Its present staff, given their alternative professional backgrounds and competing professional responsibilities, cannot reasonably be expected to account for the relevant methodology and literature.

4 Ways First to File Changes the Patent System

John Dearborn | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
John Dearborn

The jury is still out about how the new system is affecting companies with potentially novel inventions. But one thing is for sure: First to file is forcing inventors to be smarter and quicker about how they approach their intellectual property.


Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Patents have been in the news a lot recently, both as incentives to eye-popping acquisitions and as clubs used to "stifle" innovation or "extort" payo...

Patenting Human Genes Harms People

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

The Supreme Court's decision about today's case will either extend or crimp the capacity of patients, doctors, researchers and other biotechnology firms, to use information about the human body to detect and treat other illnesses in the future.

The Economics of Cancer: Learning From India About Innovation

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Matthew Kavanagh

But what if you want to incentivize investment in bold new drugs instead of me-too drugs? What if you want to encourage research into new areas that tangibly improve people's health? Then maybe, like India, you would only grant patents when that higher standard is met.

Patently Hysterical

Edward Reines | Posted 02.18.2013 | Science
Edward Reines

Skepticism about the United States patent system has hit historic highs. Even groups without an obvious interest in technology policy have joined the skeptics, such as the ACLU. But is this alarm warranted? Even more importantly, is it dangerous?

Antitrust Agencies Right to Expand Scrutiny of Patent Transfers and Acquisitions

David Balto | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
David Balto

One of the most complex and daunting challenges facing competition regulators is the evolving intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law.

Don't Shoot the Samaritan

David Balto | Posted 10.23.2012 | Technology
David Balto

Punishing those willing to share technology will be a giant step backwards in the race to create the new products consumers need.

Where Are All the Jobs Patent Reform Promised?

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 08.11.2012 | Small Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

Last September, our esteemed leaders in Washington passed a law reforming America's patent system called the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. At the time, the promise from every politician in support of the Act was that it would create jobs.

Is Obama's Patent Reform Hurting American Small Businesses

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

While I would never -- and have never -- advocated for abolishing the patent system, because that would be throwing the baby out with the bath water, we do need to fix our patent system so that it rewards innovation, not manipulation.

The Patent Pollution Problem: Its Causes, Effects and Solutions

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 07.01.2012 | Technology
Daniel B. Ravicher

it is critically important to the success of our patent system that it maintain high patent quality and ensures only deserving patents are issued. Unfortunately, the American patent system today is suffering from extremely low patent quality.

Could State Transportation Agencies Accused of Patent Infringement Use Constitution as Defense?

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology
Daniel B. Ravicher

There has been much reporting lately of a small patent holding company named Arrivalstar accusing public transit authorities of patent infringement if they provide commuters with real time information about train, bus or subway schedules.

I Hope Yahoo Crushes Facebook in Its Patent Suit

Mark Cuban | Posted 05.13.2012 | Technology
Mark Cuban

When I read that Yahoo was suing Facebook my immediate reaction was disdain. As I thought more about it, I came to realize that this case could be the watershed moment that causes enough people to recognize just how horrific our patent law is.

The Patent Condundrum -- For Startups

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 04.27.2012 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

Within the startup world, patents are seen as anti-competitive force that stifles innovation. We're in a place where we need to walk a tightrope between the world of predatory patent prosecution and the need to promote one's invention with current patent law.

Alexander Eichler

The Jefferson Innovation Summit: Business Leaders Brainstorm A New Era Of American Creativity | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No one knows where good ideas come from. In some cases, the answer may simply be to throw a bunch of brains together in a room...

Google/Android Patent Wars Highlight Need for Compulsory Licensing of Patents

James Love | Posted 10.15.2011 | Technology
James Love

The romantic notion of an individual inventor is not appropriate for industries like the computer, software or mobile phone markets, where collaboration and adherence to standards are key to success.

Google Buys Rat Poison

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 10.15.2011 | Technology
Jeff Jarvis

The Google/Motorola deal is lawyer repellent. Or rat poison, if you prefer. It is a tragic and wasteful byproduct of our screwed-up patent system. Nevertheless, this is good for Google and Android and its ecosystem.

The Age of Disablement

Brian Kahin | Posted 10.12.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

Prices are being paid for the power to block others from using technology they have developed independently. Too many companies are now embracing legal weapons on large-scale -- and social capital is suffering.