Tag: Dear Intellectual Ventures

The Scorpion and the Frog, or, If Intellectual Ventures Is For Something You Should Oppose It

Comprehensive patent reform has stalled in the Senate. You might think that would be enough for the patent trolls. But no, they’re still trying to kill real patent reform for good. How? By pushing...

A Bad Week For Patent Trolls

The courts have not been kind to patent trolls lately. There were recent big decisions affecting Intellectual Ventures, MPHJ, and Rockstar. IV’s Patents Not So Great, Says Judge As you may remember,...

Irony Death Watch: Intellectual Ventures Forms PAC

I just heard the news that Intellectual Ventures formed a political action committee, apparently to lobby against patent reform. It’s certainly an interesting use of IV’s funds at a time when the...

Dear IV: You’re Not a “Better” Kind of Patent Troll

Without much fanfare, Intellectual Ventures has put up a searchable public list of over 30,000 of its patents. Was it something I said? Seriously, this is a refreshing change for IV, which has, up unt...

It Ain’t Easy Being a Patent Troll – Intellectual Ventures’ Money Troubles

It seems that the patent trolling industry may not be ready for Wall Street after all. Intellectual Ventures, the “gentleman gangster” of the patent troll world, isn’t looking like such a hot in...

Nathan Myhrvold Follows the Willie Sutton Rule (Updated 9/19/2013)

Update: I've added the actual transcript of the exchange below. Today, Nathan Myhrvold, the head of Intellectual Ventures, did an event on Capitol Hill. It was mainly a hagiographic exposition, so it ...

Dear Intellectual Ventures: Sorry If Your Lobbyist Showed Signs of Wear

Last night, I participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the App Developers Alliance. Russ Merbeth of Intellectual Ventures was one of the panelists, and I did manage to have a little fun with hi...

Three Myths About Intellectual Ventures

Intellectual Ventures is a company at the center of the debate about patent trolls. IV is a multi-billion dollar company founded by ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold, and it makes its money throu...

Dear Intellectual Ventures: You Oppose Transparency to Hide Your Ordinariness

This post is the latest in the Dear Intellectual Ventures series. Intellectual Ventures, unsurprisingly, isn’t much in favor of patent reform. (It’s even hired its first lobbyist in part to try to...

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