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Patent Reform

FTC to Begin Patent Troll Study

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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.

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.

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.

Patently Unfair: Samsung Deserves Same Treatment as Apple from Obama Administration

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Showing the world that the U.S. does not play favorites and reining in the International Trade Commission's nearly automatic issuing of exclusion orders for any violation are both good for U.S. industry and international trade.

Christina Wilkie

World's Largest Patent Holder Sets Up DC Lobbying Office

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

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?

Google's Patent Pledge Says Tech Giant Won't Sue 'Unless First Attacked'

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 03.29.2013 | Technology

Google is aiming to fight back against so-called patent trolls, announcing Thursday on its Open Source blog that it's taking part in a self-designed O...

Keeping the American Dream in America

David Troy | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
David Troy

Consumer-facing, peer-to-peer commerce start-ups are hot, but how many tie-sharing services does the country really need? (Yes, there is hot competition in this space.) Ideas like these are attractive because they are easy to act on quickly.

Zach Carter

Fed Economists Urge Radical Policy To Ditch Key Obama Reform, Patents

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Patents: A Shield or a Sword?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.12.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Patent protection, by its very nature, is supposed to operate as a deterrent to protect inventors from getting their novel inventions stolen or misused, but defects in both the granting of this protection and modern litigation devices created for enforcement run askew of this goal.

Innovation Is Key to Helping Businesses Make It In America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Across the world, our competitors are investing in their future. We cannot afford to fall behind. As former President Bill Clinton wrote in his latest book Back to Work, it's time Americans got into the future business again.

Patent Trolls and the Growing Toll On Innovation

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.11.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

It used to be companies might threaten patent lawsuits to collect licensing fees -- especially in the tech space where interoperability makes companies more dependent on each other.

Top 3 Realities of Inventing Today (Part 2)

Patrick Raymond | Posted 08.26.2012 | Small Business
Patrick Raymond

if you are an inventor, here's downer news that few will tell you... you probably can't do it. The odds you face are just too long. So don't quite your day-job, OK? Here are the five forces working against us.

Zach Carter

Issa Leaks Secret Document To Pressure Obama On Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has taken the unprecedented step of leaking a secret U.S. trade document, in ...

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.