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…

Welcome

Welcome to the Innovation Policy Post, CCIA’s forum for news and debate about intellectual property issues. We will use this blog to share our thoughts, and get yours, on patent and copyright law. We’ll also highlight abuses of those laws that range from ridiculous to damaging and illustrate the need for patent reform and 21st-century…