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The Supreme Court Should Bring Sanity to Patent Law
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The Supreme Court Should Bring Sanity to Patent Law

March 27th, 2017

This week the Supreme Court will hear argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods. This critically important case involves the meaning of the patent venue statute and where plaintiffs who claim infringement may bring suit.Fighting over where cases can be brought may sound like the sort of thing only lawyers would care about, but I assure you, this case has profound ramifications for all of us.

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Congress Must Stand with Innovators Against Patent Trolls

March 26th, 2017

Technology is a vital part of the real estate business, where faster and more convenient service – including interactive maps that allow potential home-buyers to find properties and even the provision of Wi-Fi – can mean the difference between a long and arduous search and helping someone quickly locate their dream home. However, in providing these services, real estate professionals can become top targets for those who abuse loopholes in the patent system to file frivolous litigation, many times based on weak patents that never should have been granted in the first place.

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See why the world's biggest companies face patent lawsuits in this small Texas town

March 26th, 2017

Marshall, Texas, has become America’s unlikely capital for patent lawsuits. Companies spend weeks at a time there fighting over hundreds of millions of dollars – and giving a boost to the local economy. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk has the story for Sunday TODAY.

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Patent Trolls and Small-Business Employment

February 28th, 2017

Patent trolls are organizations that own patents but do not make or use the patented technology directly, instead using their patent portfolios to target firms with patent-infringement claims. This paper provides evidence that state anti-troll laws have had a net positive effect for small firms in high-tech industries. There is no significant effect for larger or non-high-tech firms.

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Small Businesses to Congress: Protect Best Defenses Against Patent Trolls

February 15th, 2017

Gust, the New York-based Software as a Service platform for high-growth entrepreneurs and investors, and the National Association of Realtors® today urged Congress to preserve the Supreme Court’s landmark Alice decision as well as a critical patent review process created by the America Invents Act, which are two of the best tools available to small American job creators to defend against low-quality patents and the patent trolls who use them in frivolous lawsuits.

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PTO, Courts and Congress Must Solve the Patent Troll Problem

February 15th, 2017

Like many industries, real estate is increasingly driven by innovations in technology that enable professionals to deliver services more quickly and efficiently than ever before. From functionality on websites allowing consumers to zoom in on points of interest on a map, to sending those website users alerts via email, to even providing Wi-Fi access in the common areas of buildings, real estate professionals are constantly seeking to provide consumers with improved services and information in a way that is fast, convenient and comprehensive.

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