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Northern District of California Judicial Conference

Each year the federal judges of the US Northern District of California have a conference to discuss matters related to the improvement of administration of justice in the district.  This year’s conference, held April 11-13, had programs on topics as diverse as NSA surveillance issues, whether all civil cases should proceed to trial in a […]

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Licensees behaving badly… in Washington

Just as the Senate is considering the government’s latest patent reform measure, the “Patent Transparency and Improvements Act” (S-1720), IPWatchdog has published an excellent four-part series titled “Myths of the Patent Wars.” Authors David Kline and Bernard Cassidy seek to clarify a broad range of facts and arguments about the patent licensing business.  In particular, […]

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Advocating for Principled Patent Licensing

Efforts to promote transparency and other responsible practices within the patent licensing industry continue to gain strength following Conversant’s announcement last November of its 10-point set of guidelines for principled patent licensing. Finjan Inc., a developer and licensor of patented cyber security software, last week committed itself to a series of licensing best practices aimed […]

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Support for the Patent Fee Integrity Act

Last week, California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced the “Patent Fee Integrity Act,” a bill that would prevent the diversion of user fees from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to general government accounts. Conversant supports this legislation. As we shared in an open letter to Senator Feinstein: We believe that strong, reasonable […]

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Voicing concerns about patent reform

As the U.S. Senate considers new legislation aimed at curbing patent litigation abuses, voices are being raised in opposition. In February, a group of more than 150 businesses and organizations representing high-tech startups, independent inventors, and university researchers  sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee co-chairs Senator Patrick Leahy and Charles Grassley urging caution lest […]

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US Administration Takes Smart Steps to Strengthen the Patent System

In a recent blog post, I wrote about the growing numbers of state legislatures and attorneys general who are pushing for the use of consumer protection laws to curb the widespread extortion of small businesses by patent trolls.  Now the White House has unveiled new initiatives to further curb patent litigation abuse and strengthen the […]

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States Step Up Fight Against Patent Trolls

Not too long ago, if you talked to a U.S. senator or congressperson about innovation policy, the eyes of all but a few would glaze over at the first mention of the word “patents” — widely considered to be among the most boring subjects in the world. The topic generated even less interest from constituents […]

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Kodak learns a hard truth about patent valuation or: The worth of a thing is what it will bring

Mark Harris, writing in IEEE Spectrum, has an extremely well researched and insightful essay on The Lowballing of Kodak’s Patent Portfolio.  Harris compares the difference between the selling price of 1,730 of Kodak’s patents and the much higher earlier valuation – the amount their consultants had told them to expect. As a Certified Patent Valuation […]

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Google did not make a mistake with Motorola Mobility

You don’t have to look very far to find people who have characterized Google’s 2012 acquisition of Motorola Mobility and subsequent sale to Lenovo as a “mistake”: Associated Press: “An expensive mistake by Google could turn into a golden opportunity for China’s Lenovo Group” US News & World Report: “Google’s Big Bust: Motorola Mobility Sold […]

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President Obama calls for patent reform in State of the Union address

If you blinked you missed it, but President Obama gave a flyby to patent-related legislation in his State of the Union speech this week.  It was in a sentence that (to our ear) sounds like it was appended to a paragraph about innovation: “We know that the nation that goes all-in on innovation today will […]

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