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Patents / IP

Sympoz Launches Programs on Starting Companies

One of our portfolio companies, Sympoz has announced the launch of their programs targeting startup entrepreneurs.  Even better, the series stars some of my favorite people in startup land:  my partner Brad Feld, along with Brad Bernthal of the University of Colorado Law School and Mike Platt , partner at Cooley LLP.  We teach you everything that…

Who’s Suing Whom?

Great picture of who’s suing whom in the Telecom world.  Man, I love patents…

Techdirt Absolutely Crushes the Patent Debate

Under the “I wish I had written that article” category for patents, Techdirt completely takes to task the notion that letting the USPTO create a ton of extra patents will create more jobs. I won’t insult the author, Mike Masnick, by trying to summarize it.  It should be read in its entirety here.  In short…

More Support for the Destruction of Software Patents

If you are a regular reader of either this blog or Brad’s, you know that we hate business method and software patents.  Lately, perhaps even more frustrating than the patent system itself, we’ve been particularly annoyed by several articles that claim that these types of patents are good for innovation.  Of course, none of the…

A Balanced Summary of the Berkeley Patent Project

Recently, I wrote a strong rebuke of one author’s interpretation of the recently released High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System: Results of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey that came out the day after Bilski was decided. I was particularly upset in that I believe the author was intentionally distorting the facts of the survey…

Bilski Redux and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You Read

The Bilski decision came down yesterday and I’m still in a state of complete denial.  Basically, the court punted on the difficult issues and while denying Bilski his patent, they didn’t do anything to help the horrible state of the patent ecosystem that we have today.  (For a great summary of the case, check out…

Crowdsourcing Patent Research – Article One Partners

I was recently introduced to Article One Partners, a crowdsourcing website that is dedicated to uncovering research related to the validity of patents. Just because a patent has been granted by the USPTO does not mean that it should have been – in fact, nearly half of all patents litigated to judgment are eventually determined…

Saving Money in Patent Litigation

My friend Jill Bowman is blogging a series about saving money in patent litigation.  In her words: “I’m going to do something unusual.  I’m going to write from the prospective of a client while using the knowledge that I’ve gained as a patent litigation attorney.  I’m going to discuss what I would do if I…

Why Copyright Law is Stupid – A New Series

I’ve written about why lawyers frustrate me, why FAS 157 (Topic 820) sucks and why the current state of patent law stinks.  In each case, I’ve tried to not just be a critic, but be part of the solution. Specifically, I wrote an entire series on how law firms could change their ways to not…