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IPR Successes: Cleaning Up Messes

APTWater makes water treatment systems that clean up polluted groundwater and wastewater.  You’ve probably never heard of APTWater.  I hadn’t, nor had a friend who lives near their headquarters and works on water issues. Of course, that didn’t stop a patent troll from suing APTWater over their wastewater treatment technology.   APTWater wasn’t the only one…

IPR Successes: Trolls and Tolls

IPR Highway Sign

September marks the five-year anniversary of inter partes review (IPR), and Patent Progress is highlighting how successful the system has been at achieving its stated goals of increasing patent quality by providing a second look at invalid patents and decreasing costs by providing an efficient alternative to litigation.  Last week, I showed that, in those 5…

Inter Partes Review: Five Years, Over $2 Billion Saved

This Saturday, September 15, 2017, marks the five-year anniversary of the first filing of an inter partes review.  We’ve seen nearly 7,000 post-grant reviews filed since then, a Supreme Court case dealing with IPRs, and there are a pair of IPR Supreme Court cases up this term.  [Oil States] [SAS] Over the next few weeks,…

Why Pay For Delay When You Can Pay For Immunity

What do Seymour Cray’s high-performance computing research company SRC Labs and drug manufacturer Allergan have in common?  Both SRC Labs and Allergan sold patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, then licensed them back from the tribe, in order to use tribal sovereign immunity to prevent challenges to their patents as invalid.

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…

It’s The End Of The Podcast Patent And We Know It

In eagerly awaited news, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) determination that Personal Audio’s U.S. Pat. No. 8,112,504 is invalid based on an inter partes review petition from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). That’s right.  The podcast patent is dead.  And I feel fine. Stand(ing) Setting aside the merits of…

A Blackbird in Many Forms

You might recall a few months ago I wrote about Blackbird Technologies, an NPE with a novel approach to patent litigation.  Blackbird is a company owned by lawyers.  It buys patents from patent owners, apparently with a share of any litigation wins flowing back to the owner.  The lawyers who own Blackbird also litigate the…

Understanding The Questions Asked At The “Bad Patents” Hearing

The recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses addressed many of the points I made last week.  But it also highlighted a few issues where there’s some dispute or simply a lack of understanding. In particular, I think that the hearing’s focus on the (1) “broadest reasonable interpretation”…