Items tagged "Patent Reform"

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These Aren’t the Patent Remedies You’re Looking For (No, Really)

December 17, 2015 Patent Reform , Patents

Today is the release date of the new Star Wars sequel, and it’s also the due date for some amicus briefs in two big Supreme Court patent cases. And though the famed space opera has not much to do with patent law, the story of these two cases still shares a piece of the drama, the David versus Goliath battles, and the competing stories of power and force.

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Congratulations to IP3 2015 Honorees!

September 29, 2015 Copyright Reform , FCC , Net Neutrality , Patent Reform , Video Competition

Last week, Public Knowledge hosted its annual celebration honoring the dedication of those working to represent consumers in Internet protocol, intellectual property and information policy. This year we honored Shari Steele of the Electronic Frontier Foundation for information policy, Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown Law for intellectual property, and Chip Pickering of COMPTEL for Internet protocol.

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What’s Going On with Patent Reform in Congress?

August 14, 2015 Patent Reform , Patents

So over at the Patent Reform Department of Public Knowledge, we’ve been busy with so many things this summer—the ClearCorrect v. ITC case, technology standards patents, Oracle v. Google (wait, that’s not really patents), writing science fiction—that we haven’t had much time to talk about what’s going on in Congress with patent reform. But trust me, there’s a lot going on over there too.

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A Piece of Internet Freedom, in the Hands of an Appeals Court

August 11, 2015 amicus brief , Copyright , Patent Reform

It may seem hard to believe that the future of the Internet is at the forefront of an “extremely boring case about invisible braces.” But that’s exactly what’s happening with a case called ClearCorrect v. International Trade Commission, which was argued this morning before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Newegg Defeats a Patent Troll in Battle Royale over Encryption Technologies

July 27, 2015 Patent Reform , Patent Trolls

Online electronics retailer Newegg is having a sale tomorrow to celebrate its victory in its patent lawsuit against TQP Development. I’ll let other articles explain the background of the case, but the basics are that Newegg was sued by TQP, whom Newegg calls a “patent troll,” over several patents on encryption technologies. Last week the judge finally declared those patents invalid.

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Teva Pharmaceuticals Antitrust Settlement is a Win for Competition

June 5, 2015 Antitrust , FTC , Patent Reform , Patents

Last week, Teva Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an antitrust suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleged that Cephalon, Inc. (acquired by Teva in 2012) violated antitrust law when it paid $300 million to generic drug companies to settle several patent lawsuits in 2005 and 2006. These payments required the generic drug companies to forego marketing generic versions of the patented drug Provigil until April 2012.

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Resurrecting SOPA: How the MPAA Could Use the International Trade Court to Block Websites

April 14, 2015 Copyright Reform , ITC , Open Internet , Patent Reform , SOPA

One lesson from our victory in net neutrality bears repeating. Although strong protections for an Open Internet are a great step forward for the public, there are other ways for companies and organizations to block websites. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is the latest creative example of an organization working to restrict Internet users behind closed doors. And the best part is that the whole thing revolves around a patent case about teeth.

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Compatibility is About Competition, Too

February 26, 2015 Copyright Reform , Patent Reform

The Oracle v. Google case is not just about innovation, but about competition.

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The Supreme Court Case That Could Shut Down All Your Technology

February 25, 2015 Copyright Reform , Patent Reform , Supreme Court

I don’t know about you, but I really love my computer. It stores all of my documents. It connects me to the world through the Internet. It reminds me about my appointments. It plays games and music. It does a million things at once, and barely ever complains, even when I toss it around on my couch or shove it into my messenger bag.

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Stratasys Drops One Patent from Its Lawsuit Against Afinia

August 7, 2014 3D Printing , Patent Reform

As you may recall, back in November Stratasys (the company that owns MakerBot) sued Microboards Technology, LLC (the company that makes the Afinia desktop 3D printer) for patent infringement. Specifically, Stratasys accused Afinia of violating four of its patents.

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