NPE

Patent reform may have stalled this year at the federal level, but patent trolls may soon find their actions curtailed by a number of patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending in over twenty U.S. states.
4 comments Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
Open law year in review
Looking back over the law channel posts of 2012, I was not surprised to see that software patents were a major concern. The high volume of significant patent lawsuits of competitors and rising levels of NPE (aka patent trolls or patent assertion entities) suits has been the subject of both open... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Patent troll
A new report titled An Overview of the "Patent Trolls" Debate [PDF] is a balanced but ultimately devastating indictment of "patent trolls." It was prepared by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress, who could actually do something about the "troll" problem. It's a useful primer... Read more
27 comments Posted 24 Sep 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
A cure for the common troll
Our bridge into the 21st Century presently houses a nasty creature who demands a toll from the best and brightest in our community. The dreaded troll is a regular denizen of our current system of patent enforcement and he poses serious problems for technology companies. Despite the great expense of... Read more
25 comments Posted 20 Feb 2012 by Anthony Biller Feed
Crushed innovation: When patent lawyers switch to NPEs
When well-known, richly compensated patent lawyers switch from representing world-class tech companies to servicing "non-practicing entities," something's up. Could the sordidness of a business based on bringing patent lawsuits be outweighed by large amounts of cash? At least for some, apparently... Read more
3 comments Posted 25 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Ginormous losses from NPE software patent lawsuits
Innovative software companies start each work day knowing that, no matter how careful and how ethical they are, they face a meaningful risk of being sued for patent infringement. It's like a tooth ache – painful and distracting, even when not debilitating. A major source of this pain is non-... Read more
5 comments Posted 27 Sep 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
New patent reform law could reduce lawsuits by non-practicing entity
The Hidden Gem in the Bill:  Joinder Reform So it has finally happened: a patent reform bill has actually become law. Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 89-9 to send H.R. 1249 to the White House, where it was signed into law today.  While I have pointed out in the past that this bill misses out... Read more
4 comments Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Erick Robinson Feed