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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 for legislation in the House and the Senate that addresses the contents of demand letters without litigation reforms or patent quality improvements. Vague demand letters from patent…

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, Intellectual Ventures sued a bunch of banks for patent infringement because that’s where the money was. Well, the first case, against Capital One,…

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 company is laying off workers. I completely understand IV’s desire to improve its image. But I think that this move will be perceived kind…

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 until now, hidden its assets behind thousands of shell companies. It’s certainly a smart PR move, and it continues IV’s recent…

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 through patents. How does it make this money? Partly by buying and selling patents, but mainly through licensing. IV doesn’t make or sell anything.…