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False Narrative Credibility For Sale?

In the wake of yet another “academic” pushing a false narrative without proper facts, comes a story about Google attempting to influence academic publishing through payments of as much as $400,000 USD per article. These types of stories are typically filled with meaningless platitudes like “There are lots of patents floating around that don’t represent … Continue reading

NPEs Under Fire for Attorney Fees

A few of recent cases of interest to patent owners deal with attorney’s fees under 35 USC § 285. First, Rothschild Connected Devices is notable because the CAFC instructed the trial court to order payment of fees despite the fact that the patent owner withdrew its complaint within the 21-day safe harbor period under Rule … Continue reading

Rhetoric vs. Results – A Breakdown of Unified Patents Challenges

Two of my recent IPWire posts have addressed frequent patent challenger Unified Patents, and their self-appointed mission to profit from the destruction of intellectual property. The first post, in June, exposed Unified Patents IPR results and compared them against IPR petitioner’s at large. As it turns out, only about 1/3 of Unified’s IPRs are actually … Continue reading

Patent Enforcers Anonymous?

Hi, I’m Patrick. <pauses> I find patents that companies infringe and help enforce the patent rights against those companies … Over at IPWire, I recently posted a very personal story prompted by some very negative comments that were lobbed at me and those in my business. I felt it was time to explain (not that it should … Continue reading

Trademarks are “Private” Speech Under Matal v. Tam, and Patents are Private Property

In finding trademark registration to be “private,” rather than “government” speech, the Supreme Court forged a path toward finding Inter Partes Review unconstitutional in the upcoming Oil States case. Specifically, the Court unanimously agreed that the federal trademark registration system is predicated on ancient, historical rights similar to the historical justification of patent rights. Additionally, … Continue reading

Follow Me on IPWire

While a briefly-attempted revival from this blog late last year was largely unsuccessful, for the past few months I have been blogging over at IPWire. If you want more frequent updates, please head on over there and click the “subscribe” button for regular updates on new content. In addition to my posts, you’ll find the … Continue reading

Raymond P Niro, 1942-2016

I know I am very, very late in mentioning the passing of one of the truly remarkable legends in the patent field, but I did also want to join my colleagues in remembering and commemorating the life of Ray Niro. I only met him a few times, but his magnetic personality left an indelible impression … Continue reading

Google Lawsuit Reveals Patent Monetization Strategies Of BT And Goldman Sachs

Suffolk Technologies, a Delaware LLC, accused AOL and Google of infringing patents–including US Patent 6,081,835–through the use of Google AdWords and AdSense.  A lawsuit filed in June 2012 explained that the patents originated at British Telecom (BT), and a series of simultaneously recorded assignments shows the patents subsequently assigned to IPValue and then Suffolk.  According to an … Continue reading

Patent Pricing ‘A La Carte’ Drives AOL Valuation

Over at the IAM Blog, as well as Gametime IP, MDB Captial received some undeserved credit for correctly calling AOL’s patent portfolio value at $1 B, while another firm–kept busy by actually driving the deal–went unnoticed.  Unfortunately, limelight-seekers–with no dog in the hunt–commonly take to the airwaves, while the real analysts actually driving the deal … Continue reading

Patent Scholars Debate, But It Is What It Is

Back in September, Professor Mark Lemley began promoting his latest piece of scholarly work, entitled The Myth of the Sole Inventor.  Lemley set out to discover the truth about a theory of patents he apparently considers relatively fundamental. His piece begins: The theory of patent law is based on the idea that a lone genius … Continue reading