Tag Archive for Patent Assertion Entity (PAE)

Blackbird Gets Wings Clipped In Lighting Litigation

Last week I wrote about Blackbird Technologies, a relatively new patent troll with some ethical and practical issues.  As I found out via Patently-O, it turns out that I’m not the only one who was wondering how they were going to keep confidential information away from their lawyers.  In Blackbird Tech. v. Service Lighting et…

The Patent Troll’s New Clothes

You might have been reading a bit about Blackbird Technologies lately. Not the Blackbird Raytheon bought in 2014 (cybersecurity) or the Blackbird Etsy bought in 2016 (AI algorithms). (It’s a popular name, apparently.) This one’s a troll. Tailoring a Patent Troll Blackbird was formed in 2014 by attorneys who worked for two major law firms.…

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…

FTC Commissioner Brill Says, Don’t Wait to Do Patent Reform

Today, CCIA and AAI co-sponsored a great event at the National Press Club, “Scrutinizing Patent Trolls: What Competition Enforcers Are Doing.” If you missed it, you can watch the webcast. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill gave a terrific keynote address, highlighting the fact that the FTC was founded 100 years ago and giving a fascinating history…

Yes, There Is (Still) A Patent Troll Problem

It’s been reported in a few places that a recent Lex Machina report states that patent litigation is down 40% from last year. Of course, the patent trolls are trying to use these inaccurate reports to argue that the patent troll problem is essentially solved. Actually, the report says that the month of September in…