Jorge Contreras on Patent Pledges Outside Standards-Setting Organizations

Jorge Contreras is a professor at the Washington College of Law at American University and a contributor at Patent Progress.  He also happens to be one of the world’s foremost legal authorities on...

An Analysis of the Final FTC-Motorola Settlement

Today, the FTC released its Final Order in its settlement with Motorola on the company’s use of standard essential patents (SEPs).  Although there isn’t much “here” here, as the Commission i...

Patent Fixes Pick up Steam in Congress

(Cross post on DisCo) What a difference a year makes in Congress.  Last year, Reps. DeFazio (D-OR) and Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD...

CCIA Files Comments to US Antitrust Regulators on Patent Troll Activity

(Cross-posted on DisCo) Last Friday, CCIA filed its comments to the FTC/DOJ’s Public Workshop on Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) (aka patent trolls).  Although antitrust authorities cannot fix...

Mobile-Related Patents Are Increasing: One in Four Patents Issued Last Year Pertain to the Smartphone

(Cross Post on DisCo) A few months ago, I pointed out that approximately ⅙ of all active patents (roughly 250,000) read on the smartphone.  If you estimate that each patent has 20 claims, that is...

Standard-Essential Patents in Context: Just a Small Piece of the Smartphone War Puzzle

(Cross-posted on DisCo) There has been a recent flurry of policy and regulatory activity related to standard-essential patents (SEPs).  First, Samsung announced it was dropping its requests for in...

Why Newegg is Exceptional (And Just Saved You Money!)

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) First of all, thank you Newegg! Everybody go out and buy an extra computer monitor, TV or a bulk pack of styluses from them right now (FYI, styluses are retro coo...

Patent Bully: Steve Jobs’ Unethical Use of Patents

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) Yesterday, a sworn statement by former Palm CEO Edward Colligan became part of the public record in a civil antitrust lawsuit brought by 5 employees at major Silicon V...

Helping Startups Help Themselves: Why the SHIELD Act is TRIPS Compliant

(Cross-posted on Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo)) As I have discussed before, patent trolls pose a unique threat to technology startup companies.  The limited resources and small launch win...

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