Posts by Josh Lamel

Trolling Effects a Smart Way to Combat Patent Trolls

Many a small business has been there.  In the owner’s hands a letter filled with tons of legalese that makes little sense.  They stare at the letter shocked, trying to figure out what the hell they are being accused of doing and how it means they might be liable for millions of dollars.  It is…

Massive Gathering Calls for Solving our Patent Troll Problem

The groundswell of support for solving the problems created by patent assertion entities continues to grow.  Today, I had the pleasure of attending a standing-room only gathering of organizations and companies hosted by the Coalition for Patent Fairness.  We were there to discuss the path to legislation on solving the patent troll challenge, which we…

Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy Sends Positive Signals

Tomorrow is World Intellectual Property Day.  To commemorate the day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy issued a statement today in support of fighting patent trolls, improving patent quality, protecting end-users and ensuring better transparency in real party in interest.  The relevant part of the statement reads: There is more Congress can do to improve the patent…

U.S. News Names Patent Attorneys to Its Most Overpaid Jobs List

U.S. News and World Report has an article up today entitled, “The 10 Most Overpaid Jobs“.  While there are other things to be upset about on the list, especially in the high-tech sector, one entry certainly causes no quibbles: Patent attorney ($170,000). We tend to think of patents as the breakthrough insights of revolutionary inventors,…

Patent troll supporters are ramping up efforts – a response

Many Patent Progress readers have likely noticed the groundswell of interest directed at addressing the patent troll problem plaguing high-tech innovators.  In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a roundtable to discuss the impact of obfuscatory patent ownership tactics, such as trolls’ use of shell companies. Last month, the Patent Progress panel…

News Coverage of House Judiciary Patent Troll Hearing

Here are some links to some good stories on the judiciary committee hearing yesterday on patent trolls.  We are working on a bigger post on this that will be up later today or Monday. Corporate counsel push antitrust response to patent trolls Thomson Reuters March 15, 2013 David Ingram Lawyers for major corporations told U.S.…

Patents in the News 3/15

After a couple day hiatus due to sickness, I am back. Here are some interesting links worth reading from this week.  I am going to do a separate post on news coverage of yesterday’s patent troll hearing in the House Judiciary committee. Q&A With Samsung’s Mobile Chief Korean Giant Unveils Galaxy Phone; Mobile Chief Isn’t…

Patents In the News 3/4/13

Microsoft, Motorola submit final arguments to Washington court on the relevance and effects of Google-MPEG LA AVC/H.264 agreement to a Microsoft-Motorola RAND license Essential Patent Blog March 4, 2013 A couple of weeks ago, we noted a peculiar minute order emanating from Judge James L. Robart’s courtroom in the Microsoft-Motorola RAND case.  Based on his…

Patent Progress Interview Series: Julie Samuels, EFF

A few weeks ago we interviewed Julie Samuels, the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), about software patents and patent trolls.  Our conversation focused both on why we have a software problem and how the patent trolls are a part of the software patent issue.  We also discussed…