Patent Trolls United States Patent and Trademark Office

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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New procedures, laws crack down on ‘patent trolls’

Q: There’ve been several stories lately about proposed laws intended to crack down on patent trolls. What is a patent troll? A: To understand what a patent troll is, it’s best to first understand what a patent really...more

Why patent reform won’t wait for Congressional action

Last month, after repeated delays and countless compromises, Sen. Patrick Leahy took the Senate’s version of comprehensive patent reform legislation off the calendar — dashing the hopes of those seeking reform without even a...more

Legal Alert: UPDATE: The Hare Loses Steam – Patent Litigation Reform Law Unlikely This Year

Efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass an alternative to the Innovation Act, which aims to reform abusive patent litigation, have stalled. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is leading the effort, has announced that his committee is tabling...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)

In This Issue: - “Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us - USPTO Guidance Takes an Expansive View of Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - Functional Claim...more

Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association Submits Comments on USPTO’s Proposed Rule to Require Identification of Attributable...

(April 24, 2014) The Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association (MDMA) announced that it submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in regard to the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...more

Patent Issues Remain a Priority for the White House

On February 20, 2014, the White House hosted an event "highlight[ing] progress on the [Obama] Administration's patent policy agenda." Orrick intellectual property attorney Wesley Helmholz attended the event at the White...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014)

In This Issue: Experience with the USPTO’s First Action Interview Program; “Patent Trolls” Beware – Congress Tackles Vexatious Patent Litigation; Evolving Data Protection Regimes in the Asia-Pacific Arena and Their...more

The Five Ps of Patent Reform: What You Need to Know About the Patent Litigation Reform Legislation Moving Through Congress

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was passed by Congress and enacted into law on September 16, 2011. Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act changed the U.S. patent...more

House Passes H.R. 3309 (Innovation Act) -- Updated

The House of Representatives earlier today passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, by a 325 - 91 vote. Before voting on the bill, the House spent several hours debating and voting on a number of amendments. Other than a...more

The Latest In Patent Reform: The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309)

Over the past year, various lawmakers have floated a flurry of patent reform proposals aimed at curbing patent litigation abuse by so-called “patent trolls,” or non-practicing patent enforcement entities. President Obama...more

GAO Report: Looking For the Real Troll: The findings of a US government study into NPEs took aim at the USPTO, software patents...

As a tidal wave of attention and criticism, from legislative, judicial, and national press sources, continued to be heaped on‘non-practising entities’ (NPEs), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently tossed out a...more

Yet Another "Patent-Troll" Bill – Senator Leahy Introduces Patent Transparency and Improvements Act

There has been a flurry activity recently in both the House and Senate aimed at addressing the perceived patent-troll problem. We have recently reported on the introduction of both the "Innovation Act," from Rep. Bob...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - Good-faith Belief in Patent Invalidity Can Rebut Allegations of Induced Infringement - With the PTO’s cancellation of claims on reexam, a prior validity ruling goes poof - Grant of a Permanent...more

Historic Patent Act Whets Washington's Appetite

On March 16, the most significant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force. The AIA was seen as the most extensive alteration to patent law in half a century, and was hotly debated over nearly a decade. The...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - June 2013

In This Issue: *News from the Bench - Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling on Gene Patentability: Natural DNA “No”/ cDNA “Yes” - CAFC Reverses Denial of Permanent Injunction Based on Perceived Future...more

What If Anything Should Be Done About Patent Assertion Entities?

Since 2005 there has been increased concern about patent enforcement by parties that have variously been referred to as patent trolls, non-practicing entities, patent aggregators and, most recently, patent assertion entities....more

Patent Office Litigation Update: Patent Zombies  [Video]

In the nine months since the new contested proceedings became operational at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, over 300 Inter Partes Reviews and Covered Business Method proceedings have been petitioned at the new...more

White House Announces Initiatives Against Patent Trolls

On June 4, 2013, the White House issued a press release announcing its “Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues.” The press release outlined five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations “designed to protect...more

Obama moves to curb patent trolls - but beware of unintended consequences

President Barack Obama has announced a new executive and legislative initiative aimed at curbing patent infringement suits by “patent trolls,” who generate revenue through extortionate litigation, not real innovation....more

Congress Continues Efforts to "Reform" U.S. Patent Law

It has been less than three months since the remaining provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, and just short of five months since the AIA Technical Corrections Act was enacted to "correct and...more

President Obama, Judge Rader, and Patent Trolls

President Obama and the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit struck a one-two punch in the fight against patent trolls this week....more

Beyond Trolling the Trolls: White House Acts to Curb Abuse by Patent Assertion Entities

Earlier this year, President Obama addressed frivolous patent suits in a Google+ hangout session, commenting that Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) "don't actually produce anything themselves" and assert patents "to...more

The Obama Administration Hops On The Anti-Troll Bandwagon

On June 4, the Obama administration issued a press release announcing several legislative and executive initiatives aimed at reducing abusive litigation by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), otherwise known as patent “trolls.”...more

Intellectual Property And Technology News - Issue 18, Q2 2013

In This Issue: - In The ITC: ..The Public Interest Factors – NEWEST PATENT TROLL COUNTERMEASURE? ..ITC or District Court? Look at the Math - The New gTLDs And The Trademark Clearinghouse: Four Tips...more

White House Issues Executive Actions and Legislative Recommendations Aimed at Patent Assertion Entities

Recognizing a problem that has long plagued Silicon Valley technology companies, on June 4, 2013, President Barack Obama issued executive actions and legislative recommendations "to protect innovators from frivolous...more

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