Great stories about patents and other IP
What We Should Really Fear From Patent “Trolls”
Dec06

What We Should Really Fear From Patent “Trolls”

A growing number of people have begun to appreciate the damage done to small business and innovators by so called “patent trolls.” Some of the arguments about those who take advantage of the patent system have been conjecture, some no more than name calling, but much has been well grounded with empirical studies. A recent literature review of all the studies has brought into a clear bright light the damage of the marauding trolls. As...

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Patents are supposed to encourage innovation. Without reform, they’ll do the opposite.
Nov20

Patents are supposed to encourage innovation. Without reform, they’ll do the opposite.

Patent reform isn’t the kind of topic you’d expect to get much attention. It’s really boring — and I mean deep in the weeds wonky and boring. But start-ups and small inventors are now so threatened by people exploiting loopholes in the patent system that Congress must now step in and take action. That’s why patent reform moved from the back halls of Congress to front and center of policy debates. It’s all thanks to the emergence of...

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Why speaker Ryan should tackle patent reform
Nov13

Why speaker Ryan should tackle patent reform

Paul Ryan’s tenure as Speaker has so far shown a remarkable discipline and ability to handle tough issues without losing the consensus of the House. With the looming threat of a government shutdown about to make Ryan’s job substantially more difficult, he needs to notch some easy wins to secure support from as many quarters as possible and put as many thumbs in the eyes of the Left as possible. Fortunately, an issue exists that gives...

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