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Bad Patents Are Fueling Meritless Patent Troll Litigation

July 13th, 2017

Patent trolls continue to use the most vague, poor quality patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that almost certainly should never have been granted by PTO as the basis for nearly all of the lawsuits they file. The United for Patent Reform coalition applauded today’s hearing by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, which scrutinized the types of patents that fuels most troll lawsuits.

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One Thing You Don't Need Is Stronger Patents

July 6th, 2017

There are lots of patents floating around that don’t represent bona fide inventions. The office that evaluates patent applications is overwhelmed, and doesn’t really have a mechanism to conclusively reject low-quality applications. As a result, clever and persistent lawyers can wrangle patents for long-established technologies like GPS tracking and scanning and emailing documents, without adding innovative ideas.

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The Patent Troll and the Scavenger Hunt

June 23rd, 2017

Ken Cooper runs a small business out of his home. Unfortunately Ken’s business was not so small that it avoided the notice of a patent troll.

Ken has been writing code since 1973. His life in programming has ranged from small personal projects to founding a software company that was acquired by Microsoft. Today he runs a company called Coopercode. The company’s main project is a mobile scavenger hunt app for the iPhone and iPad called Klikaklu.

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Saved by Alice: How a Key Supreme Court Decision Protects Businesses from Bad Patents

June 23rd, 2017

In 2014’s Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court ruled that an abstract idea does not become eligible for a patent simply by being implemented on a generic computer. Since then, Alice has provided a lifeline for real businesses threatened or sued with bogus patents.

This week, on the third anniversary of Alice, EFF is launching a new series called Saved by Alice where we’ll collect these stories of times when Alice came to the rescue. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories of business owners large and small.

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New Patent Legislation Should Help Small U.S. Businesses Fight Off Unfair Patent Litigation

June 22nd, 2017

In a year when extortionate patent trolls have targeted smaller American businesses at a higher proportion than at any time previously, the remedy is not to roll back the tools Congress previously put in place, and which are working well today, to improve the quality of patents. Unfortunately, undermining those tools are exactly what legislation introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) would do. Despite benign suggestions about simply seeking balance, Sen. Coons’ bill would undermine the vaunted Inter Partes Review system created by the America Invents Act, which has been working fairly and successfully since 2012.

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STRONGER Patents, WEAKER Innovation

June 22nd, 2017

Yesterday, Senator Coons introduced his STRONGER Patents Act. Senator Coons provided a section-by-section description of the bill, as well as the text of the bill. And after reading it, I have some concerns. Patent Progress previously covered Senator Coons’ STRONG Patents Act. Much of STRONG Patents wound up in STRONGER Patents, and our analysis back then remains valid. But, as the “ER” on the end implies, there’s more this time, and it’s even worse.

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