Tag: patent trolls

When Does “Without Ads” Mean “With Ads”? When You Want To Abuse A Patent

Funimation is a successful anime streaming company.  It has a monthly subscription tier, which is ad-free, and a free tier, which includes advertisement.  This week, failed company Firtiva filed a l...

Meet the Western District of Texas—NPEs Certainly Have

For years, the Eastern District of Texas was the favored stomping ground for patent trolls.  Short times from filing to trial, shorter trials, judges with local rules friendly to patent plaintiff...

GNOME Slays Troll

Last year, Patent Progress reported on a troll targeting the GNOME Foundation, a major open source coordinating entity.  Despite Director Iancu’s public statement claiming that trolls are a myt...

Patents in the Time of Coronavirus

Most of the time, the patents I cover involve investment in technology and who gets how much money.  Innovation is important, but the patent lawsuits I write about usually don’t directly threat...

Troll U: When Tech Transfer Stops Being About The Transfer

Universities commonly have technology transfer operations that spin off companies derived from university research and license patents created by university research.  Setting aside whether those...

Blackbird Grounded—For Now

Almost two years ago, I wrote about a new non-practicing entity (NPE)—Blackbird Technologies.  It claimed to be helping innovators, but the main innovation it helped promote was its own—havin...

NPEs Continue To Leave Their (Land)mark On Small Businesses

The reports of the death of the patent troll are greatly exaggerated.  Alive and well, they continue to have a real impact on small and medium-sized U.S. businesses (SMEs). Azure Standard P...

Multiple Petitions?  More Like Multiplicative Claiming And Assertion

One of the criticisms frequently leveled against inter partes reviews (IPRs) is that people file multiple IPRs; they file two, three, four IPR petitions in order to harass a patent owner.  Complaints...

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