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Another Day, Another Patent Troll

Brad Feld | Posted 01.07.2012 | Small Business
Brad Feld

These days I'm regularly exposed to patent trolls. Sometimes I read about them, sometimes friends email me about them, and sometimes companies I'm an investor in gets sued by them.

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.

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.

Supreme Court Signals Pending Patent Reform Is Unconstitutional

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

Under a "first to file" system, individual and independent small inventors don't stand a chance of winning the race to the patent office against large corporations.

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.

Banks Still Acting Badly

Pat Choate | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business
Pat Choate

The big banks are still mugging America. They do so because they can, and they can because they pour tens of millions of dollars into our Presidentia...

HIV Drug to Be Distributed Worldwide

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel B. Ravicher

India has rejected a bogus attempt to patent a critical HIV drug.

My Tax Dollars Pay for This? U.S. Commerce Secretary Threatens India as Favor to Special Interest

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

How would you feel if a Chinese diplomat attempted to exert influence over an American court case involving a Chinese company's bogus attempt to shut ...

Cashing in on IP

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Smart organizations are realizing that IP exploitation is an enabler. It empowers companies to transform often idle holdings into a significant source of income generation.

Kudlow Kowtows to Corporate Interest, Abandons Conservative Principles

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

Nothing annoys me more than supposed conservatives in the media advocating for enhanced government intervention. Case in point -- Larry Kudlow.

BP Files Patent to Produce Oil From Seawater

Bill Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bill Allen

Industry analysts now speculate that the so-called oil "spill" has actually been the first full field-test of the new BP process that could revolutionize deep-water drilling.

Gene Patent Decision Emancipates Personalized Medicine

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Daniel B. Ravicher

Right now, 20 percent of all human genes are patented.

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.

Patent Theft as a Business Strategy

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pat Choate

What makes patent theft so attractive is that infringement is not a criminal act and those found guilty face no jail time. Paying up is the worst that can happen to the infringer.

Is Steve Jobs 'Offended' By HTC? New Theories Behind The Lawsuit

Fortune | Philip Elmer-DeWitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

A new theory about why Apple decided to take HTC -- and indirectly, Google -- to court...

Finger-Swipe Camera Patent For iPhone And iPad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

On Feb 25, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's iPhone. ...

Monsanto Squeezes Out Seed Business Competition, AP Investigation Finds

AP | CHRISTOPHER LEONARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ST. LOUIS — Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing compet...

Cloudy With a Chance of Allergies or Autism?

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

There are 26,000 food poisoning cases per 100,000 Americans, every year (an eye-popping 26% of the population). Compare that to only 3,400 cases in the UK, or 1,200 in France.

Apple Countersues Nokia Over Phone Patents

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — Apple Inc. is suing cell phone maker Nokia Corp. for patent infringement, a countermove to Nokia's earlier suit against technologies ...

Growing Patent War: Nokia v. Apple | Dan Frommer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Nokia's patent war with Apple is getting ugly. The Finnish mobile giant just filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging ...

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.

Apple To Go "Nuclear" On iPhone Copycats

Bloomberg | Connie Guglielmo and Susan Decker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc., usually on the defensive when it comes to intellectual-property lawsuits, is threatening to use its hoard of patents...

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.