Patents

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

Top events ahead in 2014 for abusive patent litigation

reform of abusive patent litigation
It’s a new year and all indications are that it will be a busy one for reform of abusive patent litigation. What are some of the top events ahead in...Read more

Year-in-Review: Law hot topics on Opensource.com

Top 10 open law posts in 2013
The most-read posts this year on the Opensource.com Law channel showed a strong interest in diverse legal issues in the open source world. Many...Read more

The Federal Trade Commission sets its sights on Patent Aggression Entities

patent reform
Just before the shutdown of the Federal Government last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took a first and important step to examine critical...Read more

Weekly wrap-up: IBM pledges $1 billion for Linux, CEO takes on patent troll, and more

open source news and highlights
Open source news this week: September 16 - 20, 2013 What other open source-related news stories did you read about this week? Share them with us in...Read more

Congress looking to act on patent assertion entities

government and patent law
Congress is beginning to focus on the abusive use of patents by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) with new legislative proposals. House Judiciary...Read more

Open source hardware trademark application rejected

open source hardware trademark
On April 19th the United States Patent and Trademark Office finally rejected an application for the trademark open source hardware . The grounds for...Read more

The EFF covers Google's open patent non-assertion pledge

patents for open innovation
The flood of software patents has created an environment where companies are afraid that innovation leads to being hit by patent lawsuits. Every...Read more

Open, collaborative effort to improve US patents

make things better
Late last year, I wrote about the EFF’s project to leverage the Patent Office’s new Preissuance Submissions procedure to promote open 3D printing...Read more