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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.

Saying Doesn’t Make It So—Why You Still Shouldn’t Listen To Qualcomm

Last week, CCIA filed a statement on the public interest in Qualcomm v. Apple at the International Trade Commission (ITC), Qualcomm’s newest attempt to use patent law to reinforce their monopoly power over the baseband processor market. In a response filed yesterday, Qualcomm accused CCIA of partaking in a “coordinated effort aimed at misdirecting the…

Ericsson and Unwired Planet: A One-Stop Shop for Outlining Patent Abuse

Swedish telecommunications pioneer Ericsson is the latest in a line of big companies turning to patent assertion entities (PAEs) to make a quick buck at the expense of competition and innovation.  As TechCrunch first reported, Ericsson entered into a Master Sale Agreement with Unwired Planet to sell 2,185 patents and patent applications.  The transaction with Unwired Planet,…

Patent Expiration Doesn’t Prevent Green Mountain Coffee From Maintaining Its Buzz

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) Keurig single-cup brewing systems, conspicuous contraptions found in offices and homes across America, are a convenient product for anyone who wants to make coffee a cup at a time, instead of a full pot.  These machines require special individual filter cartridges holding coffee grounds or tea leaves.  The innovative cartridges, known…

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…

Intellectual Ventures’ Technology Speculation Is Not A Justification for Shell Companies

During last week’s Department of Justice/Federal Trade Commission workshop on Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), one of the panelists was Peter Detkin.  Detkin is a founder of Intellectual Ventures, one of the PAEs we have been critical of on Patent Progress. In the run up to the workshop, Detkin authored a blog post attempting to issue…