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Reps. Renew Effort to Troll for ‘Patent Trolls’
Mar25

Reps. Renew Effort to Troll for ‘Patent Trolls’

A bill has been reintroduced in the House to cut down on lawsuits filed by patent assertion entities (PAEs), otherwise known by their detractors as “patent trolls.” The bill, the Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act, would require PAEs to have a “vested” interest in the patents they try to protect, “including development of the product.” PAEs have been increasingly buying patents then asserting...

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TiVo, owner of valuable patents, may be acquired by Rovi, owner of more valuable patents
Mar25

TiVo, owner of valuable patents, may be acquired by Rovi, owner of more valuable patents

TiVo is in talks to be acquired by Rovi, the maker of TV program guides, according to The New York Times‘ DealBook . The talks are said to be “advanced,” but could still fall through. The acquisition appears to be primarily about patents. While TiVo and Rovi both make real products that real people actually use, neither of them make most of their money that way. Most of TiVo’s revenue comes from licensing...

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