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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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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Tackled an Issue That’s All Too Familiar to Startups: The Threat of Frivolous Patent Litigation

As Seen in Recode

The latest episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” took on an issue that is all too familiar to startups across the country — the threat of frivolous patent litigation.

In the show, the startup, Pied Piper, breaks into the Top 500 on the App Store, and almost immediately, the company receives a demand letter stating that it is violating an existing patent. Pied Piper soon discovers that it is being sued not by another well-intentioned startup, but an unscrupulous attorney, or a patent troll.

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Dedicates Episode To Patent Trolls

As Seen in Law360

 

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 disdain in a portrayal that some intellectual property attorneys disputed Monday.

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