Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act

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America Invents Act & Patent Trolls

Don Mart | ReadWrite Hack | March 19, 2013

Key parts of the America Invents Act (AIA), which passed in 2011, came into effect on March 16, 2013. These changes in U.S. patent law can help all companies that use software to protect themselves from patent trolls — those annoying boiler-room operations that shake down software developers and users for software patent licenses without actually producing anything with the patents they own. Read More »

An Overview Of The "Patent Trolls" Debate

Brian T. Yeh | Congressional Research Service | August 20, 2012

Congress has recently demonstrated significant ongoing interest in litigation by “patent assertion entities” (PAEs), which are colloquially known as “patent trolls” and sometimes referred to as “non-practicing entities” (NPEs)... Read More »

Congress Needs to Shut Down 'Patent Trolls'

Grant Gross | PC World | March 14, 2013

Congress needs to shut down so-called patent trolls whose infringement lawsuits are diverting company resources from hiring and research, a group of technology companies told lawmakers Thursday. Read More »

EFF To Patent Office: Keep Reexaminations Affordable

Julie Samuels | Electronic Frontier Foundation | November 6, 2012

For many people who care about innovation, the sign of a successful patent system is one that leaves them alone. But lately, that's become nearly impossible. Instead, it's widely understood that if you have a successful business or product, you'll get hit with a patent threat or even a lawsuit—an unfortunate tax on innovation. [...] Read More »

Numbers Don't Lie: Patent Trolls Are A Plague

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | October 19, 2012

Recent research supports view that patent troll activity is rising -- costing America a fortune in wasted legal fees and lost jobs Read More »