Cloudflare, Sued by its First “Patent Troll,” Hits Back Hard
May 12th, 2017
Cloudflare, the Internet security company and content delivery network, was founded more than seven years ago but miraculously hadn't ever been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit from a non-practicing entity (commonly referred to as a "patent troll") until this March. Rather than pay a nuisance settlement, Cloudflare is going all-out to fight Blackbird Technologies LLC, a company founded by two former big-firm lawyers that has amassed dozens of patents and filed more than 100 lawsuits.
What do Netflix, Kiwi innovators and a small town in Texas have in common?
May 10th, 2017
The short answer is patent trolls. The long answer is that using cloud computing to do business may get you sued by patent trolls in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In late 2016, Netflix introduced a new feature allowing users to download content from its servers onto a user’s device allowing them to watch content offline later. It took a mere two months for Netflix to get sued for patent infringement over its new feature. The plaintiff, a company called Blackbird Technologies claims they own a patent titled “method and system for supplying products from pre-stored digital data in response to demands transmitted via computer network”.
Bipartisan Patent Reform and Competition Policy
May 8th, 2017
The US patent system is a foundation of the economy, encouraging innovation and growth. Patents are essential to important economic sectors, including life sciences such as the pharmaceutical industry. Innovation in these sectors would decrease without the property rights of a strong patent system. And the US government and industry are rightly concerned about whether these property rights are protected adequately outside the United States. Yet, the patent system is hardly perfect. The economy is awash in low-quality patents, particularly in the crucial high-technology world of Silicon Valley. There, the cumulative and complementary nature of innovation can cause a patent “thicket” that impedes innovation rather than creating property rights that protect true innovation.
Congress: Protect Businesses Like Ours from Abusive Patent Trolls
May 1st, 2017
As three entrepreneurs from South Carolina, Connecticut and Florida working in different lines of business, we have encountered a variety of stumbling blocks in starting our own companies. But one barrier in particular has challenged our abilities to thrive: abusive litigation from patent trolls.
Patent Trolls Don’t Care About the Law
April 26th, 2017
Defense of today’s patent system can be a difficult job. At its best, the system can encourage innovation, protect the sacred rights of inventors, and do it highly effectively. At its worst, it falls prey to loopholes and day-to-day issues that make it fertile ground for abuse and negligence. Not to mention, it arguably is reliant on one of the least competent regulatory agencies in the entire federal bureaucracy and sometimes seems to provide more protection to trial lawyers, university administrators, and other infamous sucklers at the rent-seeking teat than it does to actual inventors.