Patent Trolls

Patent Troll is a pejorative term used to describe persons or entities who aggresively assert patent ownership rights and typically do not manufacture or make use of the underlying patented inventions. Often,... more +
Patent Troll is a pejorative term used to describe persons or entities who aggresively assert patent ownership rights and typically do not manufacture or make use of the underlying patented inventions. Often, patent trolls exist solely to aggregate and litigate patents. Many in the technology industry claim that patent trolls stifle innovation and have urged Congress to combat these practices by passing comprehensive patent reform. less -
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STRONG Patents Act of 2015 -- An Alternative Patent Reform Bill

Yesterday, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the "Support Technology and Research for Our Nation's Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015." What is unique about...more

Congress is Reconsidering “Anti Troll” Legislation

On February 5, 2015, Congressman Bob Goodlatte reintroduced the “Innovation Act”; a bill designed to implement several changes to the legal framework governing United States patent law. The law is designed to make it more...more

Three things you need to know about the latest patent reform legislation

This year, just as he did last year, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), introduced his Innovation Act legislation aimed at stopping abusive patent troll litigation....more

The Controversial SAWS of “Justice”

What if the Trademark Office took Taylor Swift’s controversial new trademark applications and stalled examination of them, preventing them from getting approved, despite having no legitimate basis to refuse their...more

News Flash! Exxon Patents Selling Energy!

Here's an odd one. With all of the concern about patents on business methoods run amok, and patent trolls patenting the mere application of age old ideas on the Internet, with the intense scrutiny that that USPTO appears to...more

Second Strike Out for Alleged Patent Troll

In May 2013 the State of Vermont sued MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC for alleged consumer fraud arising from its letters sent to Vermont businesses claiming patent infringement. Since then, the parties have been disputing ...more

Patent Litigation in 2014

A recent report shows interesting trends in US patent litigation: - 5,002 patent infringement cases were filed in the US in 2014, up from 2,641 filed in 2010; - Of those cases filed, the majority (61%) were...more

Judge Decides Motions In Limine In Nonpracticing Entity Case.

1. Defendant may not refer to plaintiff as a “patent troll” or reference “woodshedding.” It may however present evidence that plaintiff does not practice the patents-in-suit since that is relevant to damages....more

SCOTUS Tightens Patent Standards for Computer-Implemented Inventions

At a time when patent application filings and litigation proceedings for computer-implemented inventions have reached all-time highs, this summer the U.S. Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated opinion addressing the...more

Top Stories of 2014: #10 to #7

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its eighth annual list of top patent stories. For 2014, we identified eighteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we...more

More Misinformation Regarding the Patent System and Non-Practicing Entities

The press has been all too eager to decry the so-called "broken" U.S. patent system and the alleged "scourge" of non-practicing entities (NPEs). However, few if any articles attempt to provide an even-handed analysis of...more

FTC Commissioner Brill Urges Congress to Act on Patent Trolls

In a speech at the American Antitrust Association (AAI) and Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) Conference on Innovation, Patents and PAEs on December 10, 2014, Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Julie Brill...more

Is there such a thing as a lovable patent troll?

Patent trolls are usually thought of as bad for innovation, bad for business, and bad in general. The common narrative is that patent trolls should be wiped out and restricted in whatever way possible. But is this view fair?...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #4

FTC Takes on a Patent Troll - Tackling the issue of patent trolls for the first time, the Federal Trade Commission charged MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC and its law firm Farney Daniels with making deceptive claims...more

Trolls Under the Bridge: FTC Proposes Settlement with Patent Assertion Entity

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release regarding a proposed settlement that would bar the company, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (MPHJ), from making deceptive representations when...more

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Settles Complaint Against Patent Troll That Manufacturers Should Be Aware Of

Earlier this year, I wrote about efforts to reform the patent system to curtail abuses by “patent trolls.” Patent trolls do not manufacture anything. Rather, they often buy up patents and then bring lawsuits against...more

Patent Litigation and the Innovation Economy

Momentum over patent reform has waxed and waned over the past several years. Throughout, there has been a constant backdrop of concern about patent assertion entities (PAEs), which the Federal Trade Commission defines as...more

FTC Proposes Consent Order to Settle Charges Alleging Misrepresentations by Patent Assertion Entity

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission proposed a consent order that would settle charges against a patent assertion entity, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (“MPHJ”), and a law firm that represented MPHJ....more

Highmark and Octane Helped, But Legislation on Fee Shifting Still Necessary

There is a continued need for patent reform to address the asymmetrical costs that patent litigation imposes on defendants. Given the substantial costs imposed on U.S. technology companies by the number of suits brought by...more

Patent Litigation Reform -- Will the Outcome of the Mid-Term Elections Matter, and Is Reform Still Necessary?

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you are probably aware that mid-term elections are next Tuesday. And the issue on every voter's mind is obviously patent litigation reform. In all seriousness, even though the...more

Phased Discovery in Patent Litigation: A Powerful Tool Within the Existing Litigation Framework for Combating Actions by...

There is much debate over how to curtail patent litigation by non-practicing entities (“NPEs”). A NPE (sometimes referred to as a “Patent Troll”) is an individual or entity who typically accumulates patents not for the...more

Teva v. Sandoz -- Is Deferential Review a Boon for Patent Trolls?

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. case to determine whether appellate courts should afford any deference to a trial court's claim construction...more

Attorneys' Fees Awarded to Small Business Patent Owner to Advance Considerations of "Compensation and Deterrence"

A recent case in the District of Connecticut demonstrates that courts may be more willing to award attorneys’ fees to a small plaintiff, encouraging such a plaintiff to protect its patent when it is the plaintiff’s “primary...more

Oklahoma's new defense in patent infringement lawsuits

A new Oklahoma law should give would-be plaintiffs pause before alleging abusive patent infringement claims. In May, Governor Fallin signed into law HB 2837, making Oklahoma one of 18 states to enact a state bill aimed at...more

States Have the Right to Protect Businesses Against NPEs

State of Vermont v. MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC; In re MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC - Addressing the issue of state efforts to reign in non-practicing entities, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

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