EFF Defeats Patent Troll’s Podcast Lawsuit That Silenced Adam Carolla

Kyle Perisic

The Supreme Court dismissed a case on Monday involving an infamous patent troll that claimed to own podcasting and previously sued libertarian comedian Adam Carolla. Instead of producing its own goods or services, a patent troll profits off suing or threatening to sue companies or individuals for violating a usually broad and wide-reaching patent it […]

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Clicker Heroes maker compares new lawsuit from “patent troll” to extortion

Cyrus Farivar

Playsaurus, a small Los Angeles-based game studio that makes Clicker Heroes and the upcoming Clicker Heroes 2, has recently been threatened with a lawsuit if it doesn’t pay $35,000 for a patent licensing fee to cover a patent for “electronic tokens.” In a Thursday blog post, the CEO of Playsaurus wrote that the company that […]

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Patent Trolls Target Small Businesses With Lawsuit Threats. Here's How One Startup Fought Back

Minda Zetlin

Patent trolls are back, and now they’re targeting small businesses. But if one comes after you, don’t panic. And don’t be in a hurry to pay. Imagine you open your mail to find a letter from a company you’ve never heard of. It says it has a patent on attaching scanned documents to emails, and […]

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New USPTO Director Holds Key to American Innovation

Elizabeth Mendenhall

There has been a lot going on in Washington lately, so you could be forgiven if you did not notice the recent confirmation of the next director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu. However, this is bigger news than many may think: The next leader of the PTO will have the […]

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Startup Won't Give In to Motivational Health Messaging's $35,000 Patent Demand

Vera Ranieri and Thomas Fox

Trying to succeed as a startup is hard enough. Getting a frivolous patent infringement demand letter in the mail can make it a whole lot harder. The experience of San Francisco-based Motiv is the latest example of how patent trolls impose painful costs on small startups and stifle innovation.

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IPR Process Saves 80 Companies From Paying For a Sports-Motion Patent

Joe Mullin

The importance of the US Patent Office’s “inter partes review” (IPR) process was highlighted in dramatic fashion yesterday. Patent appeals judges threw out a patent [PDF] that was used to sue more than 80 companies in the fitness, wearables, and health industries.

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Patent trolls continue to target Cree

Lauren K. Ohnesorge

A Virginia firm is accusing Durham LED maker Cree of infringing on four patents, and is asking for “a reasonable royalty” to be awarded in court. But this time it’s not a competitor filing suit in federal court, it’s Bluestone Innovations LLC, a patent licensing and enforcement company often categorized as a “patent troll.”

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Patent ‘Trolls’ Recede as Threat to Innovation. Will Justices Change That?

Eduardo Porter

In the five years since it began its work — a result of the America Invents Act of 2011 — the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has saved companies more than $2 billion in legal fees alone.

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This stupid patent was going to be used to sue hundreds of small businesses

Joe Mullin

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s most recent “Stupid Patent of the Month” highlights the importance of IPRs—patent reviews that can knock out bad patents quickly and relatively cheaply.

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A Look Forward on Patent Reform

Senator Orrin Hatch

Our nation’s patent system has been in need of serious reform for many years. So-called “patent trolls” — entities that don’t actually make or sell anything but that instead buy patent licenses merely to extort settlements — have become a serious drain on our economy. According to one study, patent trolls and their frivolous lawsuits cost our country nearly $80 billion per year.

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IPR Successes: Realtors Association Defends Its Members Using IPR

Josh Landau

When you buy a house, it’s nice to know where the local schools are, where the closest park is, where a nearby grocery is.  So realtors commonly embed tools on their websites to show you a map of these “points of interest” in the area around a house for sale. Unsurprisingly, using technology leads to non-practicing entities suing the realtors.  In this case, a pair of Texas-based realtors.

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EFF Wins Court Ruling Upholding Invalidation of Bad Patent That Threatened Podcasters

Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF won a court ruling today affirming that an infamous podcasting patent used by a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small was held invalid by the USPTO.

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Patent Trolls Are Trolling Startups In Massachusetts — And We Need To Change That

Sen. Eric P. Lesser

In a recent episode of the HBO series “Silicon Valley,” Richard Hendricks is getting his tech startup off the ground when he comes face to face with a patent troll: an unscrupulous lawyer who claims Richard’s new company is committing copyright infringement. The lawyer knows his claim is bogus, but also knows Richard would have […]

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Adrian Otto

Senior Technology Strategist at Rackspace Hosting, a cloud computing company based in Texas

We’re constantly worrying about this. In fact, there was one acquisition we may have done had it not been for an intellectual property issue.

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HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Dedicates Episode To Patent Trolls

Nicole Narea

HBO’s geek culture sitcom “Silicon Valley” offered America a new kind of villain in Sunday night’s episode, but intellectual property attorneys already know them well: nonpracticing entities, or what some call patent trolls. In what may be the first pop culture reference to the phenomenon, the show’s episode titled “The Patent Troll” spares them no […]

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Founder and CEO of a tech startup in New York

Over the last year, we have received two lawsuits from patent trolls that have really affected the amount of time and resources we have to grow our business.

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Mark Hedge

Owner, Lochsa Engineering, an engineering firm in Nevada

The demand letter basically said, “Pay us $1,000 per person for license rights or we will take you to court and get upwards of $3,000 per person.”

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Peter Braxton

CEO & Founder of Jump Rope, Inc., an app startup in Illinois

Soon after my startup launched publicly, my company was sued by patent trolls. The resulting court battle cost more than $100,000 out of my pocket.

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Kate Endress Doerksen

CEO & Co-founder of DITTO, a startup in California

Innovators like us are faced with a lose-lose decision; even if the troll that sued us lost, with legal costs we’d still be on the hook for millions of dollars.

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Using Courts In The Fight Against Patent Trolls

David Rose, founder of Gust

The more often Section 101 and Alice are referenced in legal rulings, the more relevant and strong they will become.

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Kevin O'Connor

CEO of Graphiq (formerly FindTheBest.com), a research engine in California

When I started my company, I knew in the back of my mind that it wasn’t a matter of if we’d get sued by a patent troll, but a matter of when.

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Congress: Protect Businesses Like Ours from Abusive Patent Trolls

Austin Meyer, Michael Skelps and Eric Rosebrock

No industry is immune from the reach of patent trolls, and hotels, real estate offices, coffee shops, tech startups, employment agencies, and many more have found themselves on the receiving end of a demand letter from a patent troll.

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Michael Churchman

Founder of Rocky Mountain Radar, an automotive electronics company

This litigation wasted about $20,000, which is the salary for almost one full employee on our assembly line.

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JB Goodwin

Realtor in Austin, TX

They were never interested in defending the patent. Instead, they were interested in suing us in the hopes that we would settle.

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Austin Meyer

Creator and Founder of X-Plane, a flight simulator program based in South Carolina

When I got my lawsuit, and I found out it would cost $3 million to defend myself, obviously that put me in a bit of a panic. My business grosses about $3 million a year, so I would have to spend an entire year’s income to defend myself from this suit.

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Michael Skelps

Owner, Capstone Photography, a sports photography business in Connecticut

Our business ground to a virtual halt as we focused our time and energy on defending against these outrageous allegations.

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Congress Must Stand with Innovators Against Patent Trolls

Katie Johnson, General Counsel for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Abusive patent litigation remains a serious threat for real estate professionals and other Main Street businesses of all sizes across the country.

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Mark Griffin

General Counsel and Senior VP for Overstock.com, an online retailer headquartered in Utah

Since 2004, we have engaged with patent troll actions about 32 times and spent about $11 million in defense.

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Michael Sadler

Assistant VP of Public Policy at CenturyLink, a telecommunications company based in Iowa

Litigation has been increasing the costs for businesses both large and small.

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PTO, Courts and Congress Must Solve the Patent Troll Problem

Katie Johnson, General Counsel for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Patent trolls use overly broad patents – for example, regarding the provision of Wi-Fi access – to threaten litigation and extort payments from real estate businesses across the country.

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Jeff Russell

President and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa, an insurance company based in Iowa

You can be running business processes for years, and then one day you get a letter that somebody owns a patent and you’re left trying to figure out what to do about that.

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David Buschorn

Founder and CEO of USA Trail Cams, a camera manufacturing company in North Carolina

For us to be able to litigate against and protect ourselves from patent trolls, we would have to set aside $1.8 million to $5 million.

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Todd Moore

Founder & CEO of TMSoft, a software company in Virginia

I am the founder and CEO of TMSoft, but I never thought the biggest challenge in running my own business would come from patent trolls.

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Dan Gannon

Lease Program Manager at Data Sales Co., a technology leasing company in Minnesota

I have seen firsthand the damage that patent trolls have inflicted on businesses, and the economic impact they have had on our state and on small businesses across the country.

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Chris Currie

CEO of Aerialink, a mobile messaging company in Iowa

After my company was sued by a patent troll, we were forced to put hiring on hold for six to seven months.

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Diane Hamilton

Founder of Binary Formations, a software company in Virginia

We have seen many small businesses in our industry become the target of patent trolls and know it is not a matter of if we get targeted, but when.

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Jon Kinzenbaw

President & CEO of Kinze Manufacturing, a manufacturer in Iowa

My small welding shop grew to become one of the largest agricultural equipment companies in America and employ nearly 1,000 people, but we were sued by a patent troll that owned a broadly-named patent.

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Sidney VanNess

CEO of On Call Central, a medical messaging service in Kentucky

Patent trolls have directly impacted our business in terms of both investment and staffing.

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Peter Cahill

Founder and CEO of LifeLine Response, a mobile public safety service in Illinois

I started my business to save lives and give families peace of mind, but my ability to deliver life-saving technology to consumers was threatened by a notorious patent troll.

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Roberta Hurley

Owner of Southeastern Employment Services, a staffing agency in Connecticut

My business finds jobs for people with disabilities, but a patent troll threatened to close our doors for using the scan-to-email function on our copier.

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Chris Zenthoefer

Founder & CEO of ICEdot based in Oklahoma, emergency communication company in Oklahoma

I started my small business to help people in potentially life-threatening situations, but a patent troll threatened to sue my company and more than 40 others.

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