Patent Reform is Crucial to Obama's Global Competition and Innovation Agenda

During last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of the need to maintain the nation’s competitive position in the world and to encourage innovation. While we wholeheartedly agree with the President’s focus on competition and innovation, unfortunately our outdated patent laws inhibit the innovation they’re supposed to promote – especially in the…

Patent Reform is Crucial to Obama’s Global Competition and Innovation Agenda

During last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of the need to maintain the nation’s competitive position in the world and to encourage innovation. While we wholeheartedly agree with the President’s focus on competition and innovation, unfortunately our outdated patent laws inhibit the innovation they’re supposed to promote – especially in the…

Literature Review: Patent Litigation Popularity

Another recent article, cleverly titled, Of Trolls, Davids, Goliaths, and Kings: Narratives and Evidence in the Litigation of High-Tech Patents, seeks to quantify the most popular “type” of patent disputes. Authored by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Colleen Chien, the article studies case filings from January 2000 to March 2008. Chien investigated the prevalence of…

Literature Review: New Research Sheds Light on Patent Troll Litigation

New scholarship from prominent law professors confirms that patent trolls have become a tremendous influence on the legal system, and that their efforts have been targeted at a number of distinct industries and technologies. While empirical studies are inherently subject to the interpretation of the researcher and open to the possibility of conflicting vantage points,…

Patent Trolling for Dummies

A step-by-step guide to the business of ‘being infringed’: Apply for or acquire vaguely worded, broad patents in areas where the business community is already investing money. When applying, look for areas where there is little focus on documenting prior art (e.g., technology integration, software, business methods, web design). When acquiring, seek out failing businesses…