Tag: small business

IPR Successes: Realtors Association Defends Its Members Using IPR

When you buy a house, it’s nice to know where the local schools are, where the closest park is, where a nearby grocery is.  So realtors commonly embed tools on their websites to show you a map of t...

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 tha...

“Efficient Infringement” Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

Patent reform opponents have found a new pet argument to push: something called “efficient infringement.” They’re using “efficient infringement” to mean that companies will find that it’s ...

Vermont Targets A Bottom-Feeding Patent Troll, But It Can’t Do The Job Alone

There should be a rule of thumb for patent trolls: don’t target the disabled. You ignore this rule at your peril. Notorious patent troll MPHJ did, and now it’s just been sued by the Vermont Attorn...

Startup DITTO Selling T-Shirts to Defend Against Patent Suit

EFF recently wrote about a startup called DITTO that sells eyewear online using a technology it developed to let people see how the glasses would look on them using a webcam. DITTO is being sued by 1-...

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 pate...

Five Employees, Six Lawyers: The Problem with Software Patents

It’s the tech startup dream: coming up with a great idea, raising funding to make it a reality, gaining users, hiring a first, second, and third employee. Hiring just as many lawyers. When a startu...
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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 p...

Patent Troll Panel Important for Competition Policy

CCIA is hosting an important event on Thursday, February 28th entitled “How Patent Trolls are Harming Innovation.”  The event will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will featu...

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