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A ‘Bike Lesson’ From Dickinson Wright Partner (And Righthaven CEO) Steve Gibson On IP Monetization

Steven Gibson is “a licensed attorney and a partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC,” or so claims the opening footnote in a recent document filed by Gibson with the Nevada District Court.  Yet by his own admission, this part-owner in a major law firm–dating back to 1878 and home to over 300 lawyers–is not able to: … Continue reading

Adult Swim Declared In Facebook’s Patent Infringement Pool!

I have a lot of fond memories from childhood.  Well, I have memories from my childhood. Among them were those summer-time trips to the local swimming pool.  Growing up in a small, southern town, the pool was just about the only place one could stand being outdoors most of the time.  And I have fond … Continue reading

Is A Lawfirm Using ICAP’s Patent Auction To Recover On Unpaid Prosecution Work?

ICAP lists The Stapleton Group as seller of three of the 52 lots currently listed for public auction. Lot numbers AUC050, 051 and 052 all feature patents sharing a common inventor, Lawrence Kates and many were prosecuted by the firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP.  A quick check of USPTO Assignment records reveals that … Continue reading

Pathetic Patent Piece At PaidContent

Over at PaidContent.org, an article went up yesterday about The Facebook Fight attempting to explain to us mere mortals How Yahoo Could Win, Lose Or Draw.  The article is chock full of useful, and completely made up, information including “odds” on the various outcomes. Granted, the author admits the posted odds are both speculative and … Continue reading

Why I’m Not Writing An Article About The Yahoo! v Facebook Patent Case Yet

In case you haven’t heard, Yahoo! sued Facebook for infringement of ten of its patents.  Electronic court records have yet to be updated, but Yahoo! helpfully provided a copy of the complaint to the media, which is embedded below.  The complaint describes Yahoo! as an innovator and originator of technologies commonly in use by social … Continue reading

How Startups Should Plan For Patent Enforcement Costs

A few days ago, as covered on GametimeIP, a UK inventor Michael Wilcox burned his patent in protest over the failure of the patent system to provide realistic protection from appropriation of his invention by others.  While the inventor’s lament is a common one, the falsehood of the so-called “exclusive right” is so well known … Continue reading

General Patent Corp. v. Wi-LAN: To What Extent Can In-House Counsel Be Restrained from Working for Competitors?

Guest post by John Marsh, attorney with Hahn Loeser.  The following post originally appeared on John’s Blog, Trade Secret Litigator.  Law360 is reporting that General Patent Corporation (GPC) is appealing an opinion denying its request to enforce a non-compete against its former General Counsel who joined the legal department of a competitor and former suitor, … Continue reading

Glimpse Of America’s Future From Across The Pond – Are UK ‘SME’ Patents Worth More As Heating Fuel?

An interesting story today from The Telegraph introduces inventor and small business owner Michael Wilcox.  After spending £150,000 to develop his printing technology, Wilcox burned his patent in protest, expressing his frustration over failed attempts to negotiate license agreements with larger companies in the industry.  Wilcox told the paper that, because companies no longer feared … Continue reading

Another Smart Move From Microsoft’s Patent Licensing Group

This past September, Canadian patent licensing company MOSAID acquired 400 patent families from Nokia through a purchase of Core Wireless S.a.r.l.  The purchase netted MOSAID 2000 total patents, of which more than 1200 are reportedly “standards essential” for 2G, 3G and 4G wireless standards.  MOSAID claims that “it made no upfront payments to acquire the … Continue reading

Patent Monetization – What, Who and How

I’m on the road this morning, and will be giving a lecture tomorrow on the basics of Patent Monetization to the Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Seminar. I’d like to publicly thank TIPLA President Ray Meiers of Emerson Thomson Bennett for inviting me to speak.  More information about the Spring Seminar is available from … Continue reading