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Patent Law

Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Fark Settled for Zero Dollars. Also, Patent Trolls Suck...

Drew Curtis | Posted 10.11.2011 | Technology
Drew Curtis

A lot of you were already aware that Fark was sued by a patent troll back in January. But now it's over and I want to tell everyone what really happened: we didn't pay them a single dime.

Mark Cuban: Solving Our Country's Patent Law Flaws

Mark Cuban | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Mark Cuban

If we had process patents or the culture of software litigation in the 1980s as we have today current technology would consist of running terminals on DEC and Wang Computers at the local library for $10 per hour and there probably would not be a world-wide web.

Startups: Run Hard, Patent Later

John Dearborn | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business
John Dearborn

Patents don't generate revenues, the ideas they protect do. If your idea truly is something that hasn't been thought of before, than run with it for a while before you spend time trying to secure a patent.

Facebook for Patents

John Bridgeland | Posted 07.06.2011 | Technology
John Bridgeland

Social media is literally helping fuel revolutions for democracy, so why not a revolution in the system that protects that mainstay of democracy -- invention.

Seeds to Plant or Seeds to Patent?

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

In these days of global corporations writing agriculture and energy policy, it is vital that we draw a line in the soil.

Software Patents Need to Be Abolished

Paul Kedrosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Kedrosky

Far from encouraging innovation and advancement in the "useful arts," software and business method patents have become a quasi-legal poison pill.

When the Refs Don't Make Clear Calls: The Supreme Court and the Unclear Path for Innovators

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Not being a soccer fan myself, I cannot fully appreciate the various tweets, articles and quips on the calls made by the referees during the 2010 Worl...

Don't Protect Patent Lying

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

There is no rational explanation for Senators Leahy, Sessions, Schumer, Hatch, Kyl and Kaufman's sudden rush to overturn a 150-year-old law that protects citizens against companies making false claims.

Is There a Method to This Madness?

Greg Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Greg Korn

Patent litigation is about making money. There are companies who shake down accused infringers with patents that were never produced. So the companies who manufacture products must pay to save their business.

An Important Patent Law Precedent Approaches

Eben Moglen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eben Moglen

Patent law cannot award ownership of facts of nature, or mere mental activities, or algorithms: the US Supreme Court has been unambiguous on that point for more than 150 years.

IBM Trifecta: Files For Offshoring Patent, Offshores Jobs, Applies for Stimulus Funds

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dawn Teo

IBM is currently seeking $30 billion in stimulus money to create 1 million jobs. CEO Sam Palmisano even met with Obama at the White House to discuss I...

NPEs and Abstract Patents

Brian Kahin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

Unfortunately, there is little transparency in today's patent system. Indeed, the patent system is beset by information failure.

Patents for All: The System That Could Not Contain Itself

Brian Kahin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

The question of just what is patentable is far too complex for Congress to handle -- especially given that even modest patent reform legislation has stalled.