More Dreck on Patent Trolls from Attorneys Cozying Up to Silicon Valley

Principe and Rudroff unfortunately regurgitate much of the misguided dialogue, which has done nothing to serve this country except to decimate its patent system in recent years. It is worth noting the conclusions reached are not supported by even an FTC study commissioned for the purpose of condemning patent trolls.

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At patent trial, Groupon casts IBM as shaking down other tech…

(Reuters) – A lawyer for discount e-commerce company Groupon Inc told a court in Delaware on Thursday that International Business Machines Corp has shaken down practically every large tech firm for patent fees. IBM is suing Groupon for $167 million, accusing it of infringing four basic internet technology patents, in a case that is being closely watched by the tech industry.

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The Collapse of U.S. Patent Policy by a Supreme Court preoccupied with Patent Trolls – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

U.S. patent policy has collapsed at the hands of a Supreme Court preoccupied with patent trolls, who were not present in a single dispute they were asked to adjudicate. The U.S. increasingly forbids patents on cutting edge biotechnology, software, and other innovations. For this we have only the Supreme Court to thank.

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Japanese bank launches $400M ‘patent troll’ fund

SoftBank’s Fortress Investment Group is raising a $400 million fund to sue tech companies over intellectual property infringement, The Post has learned. That’s despite the fact that SoftBank – controlled by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son – has a $100 billion Vision fund that invests in exactly the kinds of companies targeted by so-called “patent trolls” that haven’t created successful businesses with their intellectual property.

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Softbank unit launches $400M ‘patent troll’ fund

SoftBank’s Fortress Investment Group is raising a $400 million fund to sue tech companies over intellectual property infringement, The Post has learned. That’s despite the fact that SoftBank – controlled by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son – has a $100 billion Vision fund that invests in exactly the kinds of companies targeted by so-called “patent trolls” that haven’t created successful businesses with their intellectual property.

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Patents and patent trolling in America

Washington Despatch | International Some time next month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will issue patent number 10 million. Whether aggressive patenting promotes or stunts innovation is far from a settled debate. But the impending milestone is being marked as an occasion for celebration of American innovation.

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Patent Trolls, Superpredators and Deplorables: Political Bullying

Aside from specific classes being targeted by these different monikers, it would seem that the use of the term patent troll is not much different than the use of the terms ‘superpredators’ or ‘deplorables.’ Each of them is a gross over-generalization of groups of people that have turned out to be incredibly demeaning.

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It’s Over: The Podcast Patent Troll’s Patent is Officially And Completely Dead

Going back many years now we’ve written about the company Personal Audio, which built itself up as a patent troll for digital audio. Back in 2011, it won a patent lawsuit against Apple over patents on playlists. In 2013, as podcasting was…

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Canada’s National IP Strategy Stoking Fears About Patent Trolls – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

Canada’s federal government announced a new National Intellectual Property Strategy. The strategy is aimed at facilitating an innovation ecosystem within Canada by raising IP awareness among Canadian entrepreneurs and increasing regulations on patent and trademark agents operating within the country.

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Patent ‘Death Squad’ System Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

Justices vote 7-2 to back system used by Google, Apple Drugmakers opposed system as improperly taking away rights The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an administrative review system that has helped Google Inc., Apple Inc. and other companies invalidate hundreds of issued patents. The justices, voting 7-2, said Tuesday a U.S.

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Supreme Court Upholds Procedure That’s Said to Combat ‘Patent Trolls’

“Making it clear that many cases can and should be resolved by fixing patents at the patent office rather than rushing to court to sue for infringement makes it much easier for our members to fight patent trolls,” Ms. Martz said in a statement.

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New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Says You Can Call A Patent Troll A Patent Troll

A New Hampshire state court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by a patent owner unhappy that it had been called a “patent troll.” The court ruled [ PDF] that the phrase “patent troll” and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that can be the basis of a defamation claim.

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NH Judge rules ‘patent troll’ not ‘necessarily pejorative’

In a breathtakingly disingenuous passage from the decision, Judge Tucker finds that not all definitions of patent trolls are necessarily pejorative. Are we really to believe Judge Tucker thinks the term ‘patent troll’ is a loving and endearing term spoken with great admiration for inventors?

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New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Protects Criticism of “Patent Troll”

A New Hampshire state court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by a patent owner unhappy that it had been called a “patent troll.” The court ruled [PDF] that the phrase “patent troll” and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that can be the basis of a…

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Apple ordered to pay $500M in damages to patent troll

As the Honorable Judge Chamberlain Haller famously said, “Win some, lose some.” Apple emerged victorious after it took South Korean consumer tech giant Samsung to court for stealing its designs and technologies, but the company got a taste of its own medicine this week.

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