Tag Archive for NPE

Mythical Troll Attacks GNOME

It’s become a bit of shibboleth among the folks who want to roll back the patent reforms of the past decade that patent trolls are a myth.  Unfortunately, this week one of those mythical trolls is taking a very real swing at a little GNOME.

NPEs at the ITC Illustrate Flaws in U.S. Trade Court

This week, an Irish non-practicing entity (NPE)’s lawsuit against multiple U.S. companies got the go-ahead from a U.S. trade court designed to protect U.S. companies from unfair foreign competition.  No, that sentence isn’t backwards. That’s exactly what the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has done in the Neodrón investigation. Should the NPE win, the…

Sunshine: Eclipse Promises Not To Sue Californians

Remember Shipping and Transit?  The notorious NPE went bankrupt last year after its campaign against everyone from transit app developers to city transit authorities hit a few potholes.  Following a decade-long licensing and litigation campaign leveraging the high cost of patent litigation, including one year in which it filed more patent suits than anyone else,…

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…

Patent troll supporters are ramping up efforts – a response

Many Patent Progress readers have likely noticed the groundswell of interest directed at addressing the patent troll problem plaguing high-tech innovators.  In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a roundtable to discuss the impact of obfuscatory patent ownership tactics, such as trolls’ use of shell companies. Last month, the Patent Progress panel…

Vanishing Licenses – How International Bankruptcy Rules Could Threaten the Networked Patent Economy

Why should the patent community care about developments in cross-border insolvency law?  Though the topic seems esoteric, there are some important practical reasons to pay attention to what’s happening in the bankruptcy courts.  Recall bankrupt Nortel Networks’ sale last year of 6,000 patents to an Apple/RIM/Microsoft-led consortium for $4.5 billion.  The Nortel patent sale gave…