Tag Archive for Intellectual Ventures

Why Universities Oppose Real Patent Reform: Money

Universities have been vocal opponents of real patent litigation reform measures. And other reform opponents have swung the squeaky-clean image of the ivory tower like a club. The presidents of Clemson University and Boston University wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago, opposing the Innovation Act. This paragraph was the…

More Troubles for Intellectual Ventures as Detkin Leaves

Here’s some schadenfreude for your Monday: seems that Peter Detkin is leaving Intellectual Ventures. As I noted about a year ago, IV has been having a tough time, although it’s not clear why Detkin is stepping down. Now I can’t vouch for the following video’s authenticity, but I have heard that this is actual footage…

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,…

Progress on Patent Reform Takes a Little Time

As you may have heard, we basically have a deal on patent reform in the Senate Judiciary Committee. While lawmakers couldn’t quite get it done before recess, they left town with what Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) described as a “broad bipartisan agreement in principle” on patent reform. I’m hearing from sources that…

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…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: July 19 Edition

Hi there!  Support for patent reform continues to build.  In case you missed it, on Wednesday 50 groups sent a letter to leadership in the House and Senate urging for them to #fixpatents.  CCIA and other tech groups were signatories, as was the MPAA, and stakeholders from industries as diverse as retail, hotels, restaurants, hospitals,…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 21 Edition

Welcome, new readers who are joining us after yesterday’s event and big announcement!  Yesterday at an event co-sponsored by CCIA (which hosts this blog) and AAI (the American Antitrust Institute), FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced her intent to have the FTC do a 6(b) study on patent assertion entities, as the New York Times had…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: June 7 Edition

Happy Friday, Patent Progress readers!  Today was a big week for patent news.  In case you missed it, on Tuesday the White House came out with a new plan to combat patent trolls — five executive actions and seven legislative proposals — as well as a new study from the Executive Office of the President.…