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…

Patent Prosecution by the Numbers – USPTO v. EPO

A January 7 article posted on the Intellectual Asset Management website alerted readers to a shortage of patent attorneys authorized to prosecute patents before the European Patent Office (EPO).  The EPO is an organization that provides streamlined search and examination functions on behalf of the patent offices of the individual member countries.  For example, an applicant seeking patent protection…