Tag Archive for competition

Now The ITC Is Banning Products Over Invalid Patents

Update: Dan Lang, who commented on this post below, has provided an expansion of the thoughts in his comment.  His detailed comments can be found here. The International Trade Commission (ITC) is supposed to protect U.S. industries from unfair foreign competition.  They’re supposed to consider the interests of the U.S. public.  But recently, it seems…

If Qualcomm Wins At The ITC, We All Lose

This afternoon, CCIA filed comments on the public interest in the Qualcomm v. Apple case pending at the International Trade Commission (ITC).  Qualcomm sued Apple in the ITC as part of the large dispute between the two companies.  (The dispute continues to grow, having recently added a case in Germany and suits and counter-suits between…

Apple v. Qualcomm – Double Dipping and Breaking Promises

Back in January, Patent Progress wrote about lawsuits filed against Qualcomm by the FTC and by Apple.  Today, Apple filed an amended complaint against Qualcomm, based in part on new law resulting from the Supreme Court’s Lexmark decision on patent exhaustion. A High Water Lexmark In Patent Exhaustion The Lexmark case, while important, is actually…

Patent Troll Panel Important for Competition Policy

CCIA is hosting an important event on Thursday, February 28th entitled “How Patent Trolls are Harming Innovation.”  The event will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will feature six prominent panelist offering different but harmonious opinions on the current state of the patent troll environment: Julie Samuels, Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid…

When A Billion Dollars Is Not Enough: Apple’s Persistence in Enjoining its Competitors

On Tuesday February 12, Apple’s “normal” appellate brief appeared on the Federal Circuit’s docket (I say “normal” because Apple took the unconventional step of originally asking for an immediate en banc review, which the Federal Circuit denied).  All that is at stake is the future of meaningful competition in the mobile communications industry. A quick…

Ericsson and Unwired Planet: A One-Stop Shop for Outlining Patent Abuse

Swedish telecommunications pioneer Ericsson is the latest in a line of big companies turning to patent assertion entities (PAEs) to make a quick buck at the expense of competition and innovation.  As TechCrunch first reported, Ericsson entered into a Master Sale Agreement with Unwired Planet to sell 2,185 patents and patent applications.  The transaction with Unwired Planet,…

Patent Expiration Doesn’t Prevent Green Mountain Coffee From Maintaining Its Buzz

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) Keurig single-cup brewing systems, conspicuous contraptions found in offices and homes across America, are a convenient product for anyone who wants to make coffee a cup at a time, instead of a full pot.  These machines require special individual filter cartridges holding coffee grounds or tea leaves.  The innovative cartridges, known…

PAE’s Attempt to Manipulate Antitrust Laws Thwarted (for now?)

In March of last year a noted Patent Assertion Entity (“PAE”), Cascades Computer Innovation, turned the concept of anticompetitive use of patents on its head by filing an antitrust suit against five Android manufacturers who rejected an offer to license 38 patents for $5 million.  Cascades’ suit, filed in the Northern District of California against…

A History of Abuse

The U.S. patent system is almost as old as our country. The power to create patents was included in the constitution, and the first Patent Act was enacted in 1790. A lot of opponents of patent reform today argue that the length of the patent system in this country is indicative of its health as…