Tag: small business

Paycheck Protection Recipients Among NPE Targets

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a federal business lending program established by the 2020 CARES Act, intended to help small businesses retain jobs during the pandemic.  In order to rece...

The Inventor Protection Act Would Actually Harm U.S. Innovation

Yesterday, I went through the serious defects in the findings Rep. Rohrabacher based his Inventor Protection Act on.  Today, I’ll discuss the problems with the legal changes the bill seeks to make....

Finding A Few Problems In New “Inventor Protection Act”

There’s a bit of a glut of anti-innovation bills in Congress right now, ranging from the STRONGER Patents Act to Rep. Massie’s RALIA bill (which I hope to write about at a later date) and now, Rep...

SUCCESS Act Is A Good Start—But Could Be Improved

Last week, Rep. Comstock (R-VA), along with 7 other cosponsors, introduced H.R. 6390, the “Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act of 2018” (SUCCESS) Act.  T...

IP Witness Gives Incorrect Testimony To House Small Business Committee

Yesterday, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing on how small businesses use intellectual property.  And, as has happened before, promoting patents—but not necessarily promoting progres...

If A Free Patent Portfolio License Sounds Too Good To Be True—It Is

Non-practicing entities (NPEs) are generally companies with only one asset—their patents.  So why would an NPE give away licenses to the only things it can generate value from?  If it seems too go...

Did You Buy Your Car Just Because Of The Cup Holder?

Opening arguments in Apple v. Samsung started this morning.  While round six of the long-running case deals with smartphone patents, the potential impacts range much further.  As I noted in my post ...

Innovation Is Alive And Well—Startups and Venture Capital

Innovation can come from anywhere—large established companies, individuals, and of course, small startup businesses.  The innovation from startups can ultimately create new established companies. ...

IPR Successes: Scan-To-Email Defeated By Scanner Makers

In the pantheon of infamous patent trolls, MPHJ is near the top.  MPHJ drew attention for their habit of mailing demand letters to anyone they thought might possibly have infringed their scan-to-emai...

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