Patents

The Opensource. Patents article collection examines the intersection between open source and patents, patent troll topics, and patent-related legal issues.

Federal Trade Commission nears final step in launching Patent Assertion Entities study

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is finally on the cusp of its long-anticipated study to examine the harmful effects of Patent Assertion Entities (...Read more

Patent reform legislation takes a pause (for the moment)

Late last month, as you’ve likely read by now, the US Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) abruptly pulled consideration of a legislative patent reform...Read more

New state laws target patent trolls

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...Read more

Do you think laws aiming to curb patent trolling will be effective?

Did you know that more than twenty U.S. states have patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending? Find out which states are...Read more

Patent troll cases heard by US Supreme Court

patent trolls
Patent trolling—the aggressive assertion of weak or meritless patent claims by non-practicing entities—is a frequent target of disdain from open...Read more

Going to the extreme to make 3D printers open source

Lulzbot 3D printer cluster
The best way to explain 3D printing to someone is to show them. But since Jeff Moe can’t carry around one of his Lulzbot 3D printers , he has taken...Read more

Technology companies ask Supreme Court to reject vague patents

will invalidating patents get easier?
You’ve probably realized this by now, but the Supreme Court is having a very busy term when it comes to patent cases. In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig...Read more

The Supreme Court jumps into the software patent thicket

peering into the patent haze
Software patent thickets are often compared to minefields, but with a note of resignation, as though there’s no avoiding them. The U.S. Supreme Court...Read more