Posts in Patent Trolls


America’s Patent System: An amazingly resilient philosophy and entity

Today, most Americans don’t realize how vital the patent system is to their standard of living. But the founding fathers certainly did. That’s why they …
By Marshall Phelps
1 year ago 0

ABOTA defends Judge Gilstrap in response to political pressure from Darrell Issa

Issa decried Judge Gilstrap’s “overreach” in denying a motion to transfer venue in a case coming after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in TC …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 5

Chinese President Xi Jinping says infringers should be punished and pay a heavy price

“Wrongdoing should be punished more severely so that IP infringers will pay a heavy price,” Xi said. At a time when President Xi is actively moving China’…

Thoughts From the Amtrak: Leaps of Faith and the U.S. Patent System

All too often I’m reminded that today’s American patent system is more droit du USPTO than it is the system for the innovative masses as …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 17

House IP Subcommittee holds yet another one-sided hearing on bad patents and patent trolls

House IP subcommittee chair Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) led off the hearing by discussing the large number of interests who are often on Capitol Hill to discuss …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 29

The High Tech Inventors Alliance: The newest institution of the efficient infringer lobby in D.C.

Eight tech companies owning a collective 115,000 patents announced the establishment of the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), an organization they claim is “dedicated to supporting balanced patent …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 27

Is Congressman Darrell Issa a patent troll?

Only $128,000 collected from a combined 13 cases? That is less than $10,000 per case, which doesn't even approach the nuisance value the truly bad actors, the true patent trolls …

Protecting IP in the Blockchain Sector

Blockchain technology has already disrupted the financial sector and new blockchain use cases are emerging every day -- from corruption-proof land registries to licensing digital assets, to …
By Shai Jalfin
1 year ago 3

Arbitrator’s ‘interpretation’ of unconscionable fee agreement gives Jenner & Block millions in unearned contingency fees

Oracle and Parallel Networks settled that arbitration in January 2013. So, more than four years after Jenner & Block lost the Oracle case and abandoned its client, they received …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 2

Myths about patent trolls prevent honest discussion about U.S. patent system

A $1 trillion a year industry not wanting to pay innovators less than a 1% royalty on the innovations they appropriate (i.e., steal) for their own profits seems …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 12

House IP subcommittee looks for further ways to curb patent trolls after TC Heartland decision

The day’s hearing focused on the patent troll narrative despite the lack of a substantive connection between that narrative and the TC Heartland case... Rep. Darrell …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 26

Supreme Court Decision Deals Blow to ‘Patent Trolls’ and the ‘Best Little’ East Texas Towns That Thrive on Patent Litigation

After TC Heartland, patent infringement filings by patent trolls should be greatly reduced because they can no longer simply file and maintain cases against domestic corporations in …
By Ron Abrams
1 year ago 10

Smartflash v. Apple: A poster child of the current ills wrecking the U.S. patent system

despite the media widely lambasting Smartflash as a patent troll, inventor Patrick Racz actually created a company called Internet plc “to develop, manufacture, and commercialize the invention”; …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 12

CIPU media survey reflects high subjectivity in mainstream media reporting of patent infringement stories

The media study shows high subjectivity among patent infringement news coverage, with 42% of the articles surveyed advocating a specific narrative... The study, which focused on coverage of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 7

How patent troll rhetoric has wrecked the U.S. patent system

The pressure to adhere to the patent troll rhetoric was difficult for people to grasp if they don’t live within Silicon Valley, Causevic noted. He noted …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 24