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Software Patents

New Proposal to Slay Patent Trolls Would Be a Boon to the Digital Economy

Zachary Graves | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology
Zachary Graves

Following a slew of other bills introduced this year to address America's broken patent system, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released a second draft of a proposal to extend and amend the America Invents Act of 2011.

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.

Clear Thinking on Software Patents

Robert Holleyman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Technology
Robert Holleyman

In the vigorous, ongoing debate about the state of America's patent system -- and the state of software patents, in particular -- there are some legitimate issues that call for practical solutions, and there is a great deal of peripheral noise.

Zach Carter

Fed Economists Urge Radical Policy To Ditch Key Obama Reform, Patents | Zach Carter | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

Two economists at the St. Louis Federal Reserve published a paper arguing to abolish the American patent system, saying there's "no evidence" patents ...

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.

Keeping Strong IPR at the Top of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agenda

Robert Holleyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert Holleyman

Want to bring down the US trade deficit? One easy way is to reduce software piracy.

The Expanding Twilight Zone of Abstract Uncertainty

Brian Kahin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

It has become clear that business method patents -- which might have seemed like a great idea in those go-go years -- are deeply problematic.

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...

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.

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.

Could Court's Decision End Software Patenting?

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A major decision this may have determined that software is no longer patentable. If true, this would change the landscape of tech business. In re Bils...