Patents

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

5 Questions with David A. Wheeler

5 Questions
Meet David A. Wheeler. He's a Research Staff Member for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and a well-known speaker, author, and expert on open...Read more

New EFF campaign proposes seven changes to U.S. patent system

New EFF campaign proposes seven changes to U.S. patent system
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Defend Innovation , a campaign to end software patent abuse, promote seven alterations to the...Read more

Infographic: How patents hinder innovation

How patents hinder innovation
Patents may have been created to help encourage innovation, but instead they regularly hinder it. The US Patent Office, overwhelmed and underfunded,...Read more

Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other way

Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other
Everyone take a deep breath: it seems we've had a moment of sanity in the patent wars. Last week, a jury invalidated the dangerous Eolas patents,...Read more

Crushed innovation: When patent lawyers switch to NPEs

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,"...Read more

Mobile patent wars and Linux in context

Mobile patent wars and Linux in context
Mobile Linux platforms are making incredible inroads into the emerging smartphone market. The market leading position that Apple developed and which...Read more

Poll: Google, Motorola, and patents

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Do you think Google is buying Motorola for their patent portfolio?

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