Ethics and morality, too little enforcement and too much regulation.

I was thinking about Zusha Elinson’s “New Business Targeting Patent Trolls Signs IBM and Cisco” article in which he discusses how RPX Corp appears to have the business model of aggregating patent assets (likely relevant to their members) “off the street” so that patent trolls cannot get to the assets first and enforce them against … Read more

Ocean Tomo and patent valuation methods.

There was an informative article on Phillip Brooks’ Patent Infringement Updates web site where a user inquired about valuation methods and Ocean Tomo, an auction house for patent transactions. My comment to that article is below. Ocean Tomo appears to be the next step in moving patents from A) being property that can be sold … Read more

“Patenting Past” innovation.

As I was writing this comment (below) to the “New patent aggregator RPX may have an Oedipal complex” article by Matt Asay, I got chills down my back. You know I’m all for business and profits, but I am also for innovation and the furtherance of technology. If for no other reason, I got into … Read more

Loosely using the term “patent troll.”

Another article appeared discussing patent trolls. The article is called, “Looking to fend off patent trolls, IBM, Cisco support startup RPX” by John Cook. It appears I have a crusade here to properly define the issue of patent trolls for the patent community. My comment is below. “Look, you are throwing around the term “patent … Read more

Maybe the issue is allowing patents to be TRANSFERRABLE PROPERTY.

A paste of a comment from another TechDirt article on “New Patent Buying Firm Swears It’ll Never Litigate Over Its Patents” Comment – Nov 25th, 2008 @ 1:27pm I agree. The goal of the whole patent process is to INNOVATE and to protect the INVENTOR against others reverse engineering and copying his/her ideas. Perhaps the … Read more

A Patent Conglomerate, a.k.a. “Mafia”

Another paste of a comment from the TechDirt article on “New Patent Buying Firm Swears It’ll Never Litigate Over Its Patents” Re: Mafia – Nov 25th, 2008 @ 1:29pm There is no reason that those looking for patent protection have to pay the equivalent of a mafia in order to have protection from would-be infringers. … Read more

Regarding Intellectual Venture’s Purchase of Transmeta’s Patent Assets

I was just reading the “Secretive IP Holder Funds Tech Acquisition” article where it mentions that Intellectual Ventures (IV) had a stake in the recent purchase of the Transmeta assets. My opinion about their interest is below. First of all, and this is off the top of my head, there are those who claimed that … Read more

Patent Reform, Patent Trolls, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs).

Being proactive regarding patent reform, on the issue of trolls and non-practicing entities (NPEs). I thought the conversation in the comments section of the Techdirt article about Bill Gates working with Nathan Myhrvold was a good one. I wanted to paste a copy here. Peter, I agree that forums such as these are good for … Read more