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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.  Many of today’s household names—Amazon, Google, Facebook, Intel—started out as a couple of founders and one innovative idea.  So, if we want to see if innovation remains an important part of…

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-email patent.  This drew so much attention that, ultimately, they were sued by Vermont’s State Attorney General.  MPHJ’s tactics were also one of the…

TC Heartland Attacks The Heart Of Patent Forum Shopping

The Supreme Court decided TC Heartland v. Kraft on Monday.  The decision addresses a procedural point with huge effects on patent litigation.   The Problem The basic problem before this case was that it was very easy to pick the court you wanted to sue someone in; it’s called “forum shopping.”  And (if you’re a…

The End-Users Strike Back

As Josh Lamel noted the other day, end-users such as retailers, financial services, grocery stores, advertising, hotel industries, and even oil companies are coming out in droves to fight abusive patent troll tactics. The FTC has posted all 68 public comments submitted to its patent assertion entity workshop; a surprising number come from end-users. Patent…

Guest Post: Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation

Over the last several months, we have been vocal in our calls for software patent reform to put an end to the threat of lawsuits on behalf of patent assertion entities (PAEs), more commonly known as patent trolls. Why? Because at Rackspace it has become our most pressing legal issue. Since 2010, our spending to…