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

The 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.

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

As Seen in HuffPost

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 to pay him in a legal settlement to avoid battling it out in court.

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U.S. innovators dogged by money-grubbing ‘patent trolls’

The U.S. economy is driven by innovation, but unwelcome “patent trolls” are gunking up the system. Patent reform bills sit idle in Congress as the “trolls” set up companies for the sole purpose, critics say, of shaking down inventors while never creating anything. “We just have to write ’em a check so they’ll go away,” says one disgusted app maker. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.

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A Husband and Wife in Tech Are Pushing a New Weapon Vs. Patent Trolls in MA

By William Neilson Jr
As Seen In BostInno

“Patent troll” is a not-very-nice way to say “non-practicing entity”–a company that doesn’t own much except patents, and doesn’t do much except sue others for allegedly infringing them. But in the tech industry even lawyers use it. A husband-and-wife investor and tech lawyer are backing a proposal to put an end to it in Massachusetts. In an open letter, Founder Collective managing director Eric Paley called on Boston’s investors and entrepreneurs to support state Senate Bill 178, an act to curb what these patent trolls can do. So far, Paley’s change.org petition has just 93 supporters, but his open letter lists founders and executives from a few dozen of the most well-known technology companies in Massachusetts.

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