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Patent Trolls

Here's Why Patents Are Innovation's Worst Enemy

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.12.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The framers of the U.S. Constitution were not wrong. Patents did serve an important purpose during the days when technological advances happened over decades or centuries. In today's era of exponentially advancing technologies, however, patents have become the greatest inhibitor to innovation and are holding the United States back.

Zach Carter

How Congress Remade The Economy In Its Own Awful Image | Zach Carter | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

A jury ruled on Wednesday that Apple must pay $532.9 million for infringing on three patents owned by a firm that could serve as a textbook definition...

IRMA President: Illinois' Fight on Patent Trolls Must Move to the Federal Level

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois has passed laws against patent-trolling shakedowns, the head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association believes this is a battle only the federal government can fight.

FTC to Begin Patent Troll Study

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Edward J. Black

It's time for the FTC to begin using its authority to subpoena troll companies and gather more data on exactly how this parasitic industry is draining the economy.

Scary Bedtime Stories: Health Care and the Patent Trolls

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

A true patent troll does not produce or sell any products of its own. It's a legal entity created specifically and solely to generate a revenue stream from patents, preferably through entering into licensing agreements, but also through litigation.

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 ...

Senate's Turn to Act on Patent Reform This Week

Edward J. Black | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Edward J. Black

The House has already acted; the White House has said enough is enough. It's time for the Senate to do their part to reform the patent system so that it rewards innovation -- not trolls trying to manipulate the system.

Measures Needed to Stop 'Patent Troll' Abuse

Bill Cheney | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Bill Cheney

The faster the action to stop or slow down the trolls, the better -- to ensure that consumers, including credit union members, don't lose access to convenient services, or even their favorite small financial institutions.

Senate Needs to Stop Patent Trolls

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.05.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

More and more American businesses have found themselves tied up in senseless litigation or threatened with extortive threats as patent trolls exploit flaws in the patent litigation system. Because of this, businesses have been forced to spend valuable time and money on pointless lawsuits.

Christina Wilkie

Yelp Ready To Push Congress On Libel Laws | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The review site Yelp plans to lobby Congress for patent reform and protections against abusive lawsuits for online reviewers, according ...

Senate Must Maintain Momentum for Legislation to Stop Patent Trolls

Michael Beckerman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Beckerman

This bill brings much needed transparency to the patent litigation system, ensuring that trolls are clear about who they are and what activity is violating their specific patent.

Increasing Innovation by Removing Patent Threats

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 02.05.2014 | Technology
Rep. Mike Honda

Yesterday I was proud to support H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, which will help to rein in patent trolls, which have seriously damaged American businesses and consumers.

Dear Congress: Don't Take Away the FTC's Best Tool for Fighting Patent Trolls

David Balto | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
David Balto

The criticism of the FTC's use of Section 5 in competition cases seems like a tempest in a teapot. This is not the time to shackle the federal agency best suited to use its enforcement powers to attack patent trolls.

Consumer Costs of Patent Trolls

Steve Pociask | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Steve Pociask

The business of patent trolls prospers because even the most frivolous of suits are usually cheaper to settle than the high costs of a lengthy court battle.

Christina Wilkie

World's Largest Patent Holder Sets Up DC Lobbying Office | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The world's largest patent holder, Intellectual Ventures Management, this summer quietly set up a lobbying shop halfway between the Whit...

Patent Trolls, Under Every Bridge

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 10.06.2013 | Technology
Brian Holton Henderson

Silicon Valley is riddled with these suits, and it was there that the term was coined; there are trolls under every bridge, demanding their unearned share of the tech boom profits.

In the Trenches of the Smartphone Patent War

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.29.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Market-driven competition is better for economic growth than choosing winners and losers through political and legal maneuvering. A settlement that results in Apple and Samsung engineers designing products instead of courtroom exhibits is better for all involved.


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...

Harnessing Privateers to Block Their Attacks on US Competitiveness

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.31.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Long ago, this term referred to pirates-for-hire, naval contractors hired by one government to attack the commercial interests of another. Today, patent warriors are doing the same, but instead of pillaging ships at gunpoint, today's privateers launch patent attacks, thus putting the competition at a tactical disadvantage in the marketplace.

Call on the FTC to Fix the Patent Litigation Mess and Patent Privateering

David Balto | Posted 08.28.2013 | Technology
David Balto

Patent privateering changes the dimensions and threat of patent litigation. In the patent ecosystem, firms may be reluctant to sue or may reach efficient accommodations with other firms that possess IP because of the threat of countersuit -- which could lead to mutually assured destruction.

T-Shirt Helps Fight Patent Trolls

Posted 06.27.2013 | Weird News

Don't settle. Settling feeds patent trolls. That's what online tech store has this to say to victims of patent trolls, the guys who buy ...

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

Under an asymmetrical structure that exploits settlement instead of costly litigation, too often, this reaches the modestly funded as well, and these are the entities that typically serve the smaller market segments.

How Small Businesses Can Handle Patent Trolls

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

There are plenty of small businesses being threatened with frivolous infringement lawsuits. So exactly how can you avoid patent trolls and what can be done if one moves in to strike?

Americans Want Congress to Do What's Right on Immigration, Taxes and Entitlements

Gary Shapiro | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

I am increasingly puzzled why Congress can't act to solve a real problem when the solution is obvious, easy and supported by Americans. Can tiny minorities with loud voices and deep pockets ruin our great nation?

A 21st Century Agenda for the New FTC Chair

Edward J. Black | Posted 06.15.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While we live in an era of skepticism about government and its institutions, it is important to note the important work undertaken by the Federal Trade Commission, an underappreciated regulatory body that safeguards both competition and consumers.