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Patents / IP

GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups

Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues. Jill Bowman is a great person and her blog is not only informative, but is also written in her voice, not legalese.  (Her husband says it’s too “girly” but I totally…

An Open Letter to Mr. Obama on Innovation Policy

Dear Mr. President, I feel compelled to write you a letter to express my thoughts and frustrations regarding innovation policy in our country.  While I have modest expectations that you’ll actually read this, perhaps someone in your inner circle will and represent my thoughts. First of all, I hope that you realize how very fortunate…

Great Article on Intellectual Ventures (sucking)

For those of you who share my disgust with the current patent ecosystem, here is a great piece from Timothy B. Lee on “Intellectual Ventures.” I use quotations, because it’s nearly impossible for me to call them “Intellectual Ventures” as I see nothing intellectual about the firm but for their desire to further deteriorate innovation…

The End of Software Patents?

One can only hope.  I think it’s optimistic thinking on my part that software patents will one day go away, but until then I can enjoy a GREAT article from the Cato Institute on why they think they should go away.  It’s a must read for anyone thinking about the issue.

Coldplay Sued by Joe Satriani and Why I Love Music Copyright Lawsuits.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Coldplay has been sued by Joe Satriani over Cold Play’s hit song Viva La Vida.  Joe is claiming that his song was ripped off.  I think the following video best explains the lawsuit.  It’s really uncanny how similar the songs are.  They are even the same key.  But is…

Cool Patent Startup Pays People To Discover Prior Art

Article One Partners has recently launched and it looks like a winner.  In short, they are paying people to research and discover prior art related to patent studies they find interesting.  There first three related to the drug Lipitor, Semiconductor memory devices and my favorite, video game patents. They are offering up to $50,000 bounties…

A Patent Even I Can Support

My friend Craig Neugeboren sent me this link today on an interesting patent.  It’s essentially a patent for non-inventors acquiring and asserting patents against others.  Think of this as patenting the idea of patent trolling.  🙂 The Bilski court may have something to say about this, but it’s still entertaining. 

Interesting Patent Statistics

In my continuing venting of frustrations related to the current state of affairs of the patent system in our country, I was turned onto some very interesting statistics by my friend Chris Graham at Dechert.  (Despite his mean looking picture, he’s actually a really nice guy). Chris’ partner, James Elacqua put together a presentation regarding…

Update on "Stupid Patent Case of the Week"

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the "Stupid Patent Case of the Week."  The comments were much more interesting than the original blog, especially with some of the emotions that came out.  By way of update, I received word tonight that one of the defendants (Monster.com) was released with prejudice after sending a…

More Patent Stupidness

Seen at the Denver airport today:   My partner Brad has a great blog about this.  Ugh.