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 properly held invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will, for now, keep podcasting safe from this patent.
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 […]
HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Dedicates Episode To Patent Trolls
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 […]
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.
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.
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.