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Patents in the News 2/28

FTC-Google public comments round-up #2: Tech companies have their say The Essential Patent Blog February 28, 2013 Yesterday we covered several public comments submitted to the FTC by various professional organizations and trade/industry associations surround the FTC-Google consent decree.  Today, we’re here to tackle the submissions from several large companies that chose to comment on…

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…

We Applaud Reintroduction of SHIELD Act

Today, Congressman DeFazio and Chaffetz reintroduced the SHIELD Act.  We have previously analyzed this legislation. Their press conference on reintroduction as well as our statement are below.  As soon as we have a copy of the bill as reintroduced, we will post it on the site. Congress Introduces SHIELD To Protect Against Junk Patent Lawsuits…

Entrepreneurs to Congress: Fix the Patent Troll Problem

Today, more than 60 entrepreneurs wrote to Congress demanding Congress do something about the growing threat patent assertion entities are creating for the startup community.  Led by Engine Advocacy and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, these entrepreneurs are joining CCIA in supporting the reintroduction of the SHIELD Act by Representatives DeFazio and Chaffetz today. The text…

Patents in the News

Patents in the News is a new feature on Patent Progress which will share stories about (you guessed it) patents in the news.  If you have any tips, you can always mention us on Twitter (@PatentProgress), or email us: patentprogress[AT]ccianet[DOT]org Why East Texas courts are back on “top” for patent lawsuits (Ars Technica) US federal courts…

Helping Startups Help Themselves: Why the SHIELD Act is TRIPS Compliant

(Cross-posted on Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo)) As I have discussed before, patent trolls pose a unique threat to technology startup companies.  The limited resources and small launch windows that constrain life as a startup company make them vulnerable to patent trolls.  Trolls leverage the sheer cost of fighting a patent challenge — even if the odds of…

The SHIELD Act Is a Step in the Right Direction

The SHIELD Act is an important step in the process of common sense patent reform where it is most needed: computer hardware and software patents.  The Act introduces a “loser pays” rule in computer hardware and software patent litigation when a court determines that a plaintiff did not have a reasonable likelihood of success.  The SHIELD…

Progress in a Time of War

It may be thermonuclear war, but at least it’s out in the open. We have Steve Jobs to thank, not only for his brilliant contributions to technology, but for launching Apple’s thermonuclear war against Android.   Already raging in ten countries around the world, this war has made a public spectacle of the subjectivity, uncertainties, and…