Tag Archive for innovation

In Defense of Software (Patentability)

Note from : The Alice v. CLS Bank case, which is being argued at the U.S. Supreme Court later this month, has invigorated the debate over the patentability of software.  The following guest post is by Dana Rao, Vice President for Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe, and I’m thrilled to be able to publish it. Dana…

Troll Economics: The White House Weighs In

Last week, the White House released its agenda of legislative priorities and executive actions on high-tech patent issues.  It was accompanied by a report, Patent Assertion and U.S. Innovation, that builds on recent research and makes the case for the agenda.  The agenda is attributed to the White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues,…

Patents Don’t Lead to Innovation, People Do

Yesterday, Mike Masnick pointed out a study that looked at innovations that were given Research & Development’s “R&D 100 Award” from 1977 to 2004. The study found that, within certain ground rules, 91% of the prize-winning technologies were not patented. Then, to make things interesting, Dennis Crouch at Patently-O claimed to have found that the…

Guest Post: Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation

Over the last several months, we have been vocal in our calls for software patent reform to put an end to the threat of lawsuits on behalf of patent assertion entities (PAEs), more commonly known as patent trolls. Why? Because at Rackspace it has become our most pressing legal issue. Since 2010, our spending to…