Patent Auctions are where patents go to die.

I was just reading the New York Times article by Steve Lohr about how exciting it is that Zoltar Satellite Alarm Systems will be placing their patents up for auction as if a patent auction were some new and exciting forum where valuable patents can be made available for the public to benefit from them. … Read more

Black hats and white hats in the patent law system (summary)

Pasted below is a summary version of the article posted on JD Supra on “Black hats and white hats in the patent law system” that I wrote on 8/16/09. Within patent law and the patent litigation system, there are good ways and bad ways to make use of the rules and laws that have been … Read more

Black hats and white hats in the patent law system.

It took a few seconds to come up with this analogy, but after reading the “Wear a White Hat” article by Scott Gibson, I couldn’t stop thinking about how relevant the concept of black hat, white hat was not only to archetypes, hackers, and network security professionals, but also to patent practice professionals. In the … Read more

Encryption when searching for patents?

LinkedIn Question by Vagelis Hristidis: Desired Features or Properties of a Patents Search Engine I have been working for a year now on a search engine for patents. Clearly, a key property is the quality of search, that is, discovering the most relevant patents. But are there any other useful features (e.g., automatically email the … Read more

RIMM vs. Visto Venture Capitalists – Little Guys Win.

Today in Barron’s, there was an article “RIMM To Pay $267.5 Million To Settle Visto Patent Suit” by Eric Savitz. I’m actually not that sad about this settlement. If Visto’s patents genuinely covered the technology used by RIM, then they had a duty to license their technology and not to steal it. Without delving deeper … Read more

“Facebook Huddles with Patent Vampire”

It just occurred to me that social networking sites are about to become fewer in the coming months. There is an article in the Jewelry BlogStore Blog, “Facebook Huddles with Patent Vampire” referring to talks between Nathan Myhrvold from Intellectual Ventures, and Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of facebook.com. In the article, it shows the two … Read more

Possible good motives of the supertroll patent conglomerates.

It’s assumed in the blogworld that IV is evil and that Nathan M. is public troll #1. I keep wondering in the back of my mind, what if he is up to good rather than no good. Everybody agrees that there are serious kinks in the patent laws and that the USPTO is backlogged until … Read more

Future Issue: PATENT TYING.

Thinking about the possible future issues with regard to larger companies entering the “patent pooling” / patent enforcing business model, I believe a future issue might be the concept of “tying,” (a concept I learned about during my time in China) where a company is approached to take a license for patents relating to one … Read more

Solicitor General’s patent infringement suit against California.

Solicitor General patent infringement suit against an aggressive State of California hiding behind 11th Amendment. I was reading this morning’s post on the Patently-O Patent Law Blog about the Biomedical Patent Management Corp. (BPMC) v. California Department of Health Services (on petition for certiorari) brief by the Solicitor General. In short, I feel that the … Read more