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PTO Patent Licensing Marketplace Shows Potential, But Will Licensors Embrace It?

This month, the PTO announced that it would be opening up an online licensing market, “Patents 4 Partnerships.”  The market, which will initially focus on COVID-related patents, is intended to provide a centralized and easily accessible database of U.S. patents and published patent applications that have been voluntarily made available for licensing. There’s a number…

A Follow-up on CyWee and ZTE v. LG and the Public

A few weeks ago, I covered a PTAB case that illustrates why the PTO’s proposed rule on who bears the burden on amended claims in IPRs is fatally flawed.  In that case, ZTE challenged a CyWee patent and LG joined the ZTE petition.  But CyWee filed an amended claim that ZTE wasn’t concerned by. ZTE…

Patents in the Time of Coronavirus

Most of the time, the patents I cover involve investment in technology and who gets how much money.  Innovation is important, but the patent lawsuits I write about usually don’t directly threaten public health and welfare. Usually.  Today’s a little different. Earlier this week, Mike Masnick at Techdirt reported on what might be the single…

CyWee, ZTE, and the PTAB v. the Public Interest

In an order issued this week in IPR2019-00143, a panel of PTAB judges decided that the public has no interest in ensuring that only valid patent claims issue from the Patent Office. That’s not an exaggeration—if anything, it understates the case.  In fact, the PTAB order states that “the public is generally likely to benefit…

It’s Time For The ITC To Recognize Smartphones Impact Public Welfare

Another day, another patent troll filing an ITC complaint.  In this case, Neodron—an Irish NPE—is trying to block the sale of products made by three prominent American tech companies: Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft.  This isn’t Neodron’s first ITC case, and it remains a travesty that the ITC continues to allow foreign non-practicing entities to use…

Patents That Just. Keep. Going.

Recently, a set of more than a dozen lawsuits was filed by an NPE.  That wouldn’t really be news, most of the time—NPEs filed nearly 2,000 patent lawsuits in 2019.  But there’s a few things that are a little different about this case. First and foremost, the patent goes back to a patent application filed…