Tag: Intellectual Property
Tech Companies Work to Tame Patent Trolls without Government Help

In the wake of Congress failing to pass patent litigation reform this year, the private sector has gotten into gear and has taken matters into its own hands.  Tech companies have formed LOTNet.  This article from Motherboard sums up this new idea: As they say, if you can’t go through, go around. Enter the License…
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SCOTUS Affirms That Abstract Ideas Are Not Patent-Eligible

It is no secret that innovation suffers because of the current state of patent law.  Too many overly broad patents are issued and present patent trolls with the opportunity to sue, sue, and sue again.  Today, the High Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, made abundantly clear that abstract ideas are not patentable. …
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Patent Troll Hit with Legal Fees

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a good post up on how the patent troll Lumen View just got hit with a fee award in federal court. This is in part because of recent Supreme Court decisions making it easier for defendants to collect attorney’s fees when they win patent suits.  The troll’s patent was but a  description…
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Big Pharma, Trial Lawyers, and Harry Reid Kill Patent Reform

Now that the smoke has cleared after the collapse of efforts to push patent litigation reform legislation through Congress, pundits are busy discussing just what happened.  The President and members of both parties agreed that some reform was necessary.  Reform legislation seemed to be a sure thing.   Sources close to the negotiations on reform indicate that…
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Patent Trolls and Trial Lawyers Thwart Patent Reform

Time reports that Sen. Pat Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has pulled the patent reform legislation from the Senate’s agenda.  Here is a snippet from the article: Needless to say, trial lawyers are among the groups that benefit the most from rampant patent litigation. Engine Advocacy, a non-profit group that works…
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Patent Litigation Is No Laughing Matter… Or Is It?

As pointed out in my forthcoming Independent Institute book, Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation, the American patent system is in need of an overhaul. This is no laughing matter, but Stephen Colbert, in the following, recent segment from “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central takes Amazon to task for claiming…
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The Lawless Executive Branch and the Irrelevance of Congress

Despite Congress’s decision, in response to a huge backlash on the internet and in Silicon Valley, not to pass SOPA last week, the executive branch shows that it essentially has all the powers in that legislation already—the power to accuse a website of deliberately facilitating “piracy” and shut it down and confiscate its assets…
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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence

I posted earlier about the provisions of the New Years Eve-signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a/k/a the “Homeland Battlefield Bill,” allowing the President of the U.S., at his or her sole discretion, to order the indefinite detention of any U.S. citizen, with no burden of proof whatsoever, and no recourse for the detainee—in…
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SOPA and Questioning Intellectual Property

Hollywood, the big recording companies, and the rest of the old entertainment industry have strongly supported the Stop Online Piracy Act and its companion, the Protect IP Act. These bills, sponsored by big-government Democrats like Chuck Schumer, pose unprecedented threats to online liberty. If there is one free frontier remaining in modern life, it…
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Alex Tabarrok Interviewed on Restoring Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Independent Institute Research Director Alexander Tabarrok is interviewed here by Ray Lehmann on the FIRE (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate News) Podcast for the Heartland Institute. The interview discusses many government barriers that exist that block innovation and what policy reforms could be adopted now to restore entrepreneurship and prosperity. Issues addressed include patents…
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