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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…

Myths and the STRONG Act

We’re hearing a lot of claims about the STRONG Act as an “alternative” to patent litigation reform. The campaign supporting the bill has been misleading at best. There are two pervasive myths that the STRONG Act’s supporters keep repeating that I want to address in this post. Myth 1: Inter partes reviews are unfair to patent…

The Debate Should Be Over: Patent Litigation Is Back Up

It looks like that dip in patent litigation last year is over: patent lawsuit filings are up, and they’re actually higher than the same periods last year. According to Lex Machina’s data, in January this year, there were 442 patent cases filed compared with 334 cases in January 2014. That’s a 32% increase. In February…

Updated State Patent Legislation Guide

Patent Progress’s Guide to State Patent Legislation is regularly updated at least once a week, so please check it regularly. (We’re working on adding a notification system you can subscribe to.) We have also added a new feature: you can embed the interactive map on your web page! If you go to the Guide, you’ll…

There’s No Data to Show That Many Inventors Are Being Ripped Off

The Innovation Alliance (an organization whose members include large such as Tessera, InterDigital, and Qualcomm) has been pushing against patent reform in the name of the small inventor. They even have a Save the Inventor website set up. (And no, I’m not linking to it – you can find it easily enough.) Their Twitter account…

18 States Now Have Laws to Try to Stop Patent Trolls

As of two days ago, Illinois became the 18th state with a law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement. (That is, fraudulent demand letters.) It seems that if Congress won’t act, the states will do whatever they can (which is limited) to deal with patent trolls. Let’s hope that the next session of Congress will…

Over 2 dozen organizations from diverse industries support making CBM widely available

Today a group of 26 organizations (including CCIA) sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committee leadership endorsing legislation to make Covered Business Method review more widely available in order to help combat patent trolls. The organizations represent a wide variety of industries, including airlines, supermarkets, hotels, chain restaurants, realtors, retailers, and the…