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Software patents called out in New York Times

This weekend, the New York Times ran an article on patents in the new economy.  There are some interesting bits in there, but it probably isn’t anything new to those already following the patent space.  One quote in the article really got me thinking though: In the smartphone industry alone, according to a Stanford University [&hellip

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The death of the “Non Practicing Entity”?

Editor’s Note: This post original appeared on TechCrunch. While perusing the latest patent lawsuit filings on PriorSmart this week, I was drawn to a series of cases filed by a small company called PersonalWeb against RackSpace (possibly for hosting GitHub), Nexsan, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and

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Facebook’s Patent Acquisitions? They’re More About Google Than Yahoo

Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted in TechCrunch. In the past few months, Facebook’s patent portfolio has grown exponentially as a result of acquisitions of patent portfolios from IBM and Microsoft. After acquiring 650 AOL patents and patent applications from Microsoft, the company now has approximately 1,400 patent assets. Amazingly, only 46 of these assets (24 issued patents and22 [&hellip

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The Twitter IPA: What does defensive really mean?

Twitter is an innovative company, and today’s introduction of the Innovator’s Patent Agreement shows that their legal department can be innovative too.  The Innovator’s Patent Agreement, a draft of which was released on GitHub, will allow inventors to retain control of their inventions to make sure that they are only used for defensive purposes.  This [&hellip

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Facebook, Yahoo and abolishing software patents

You will read and hear a lot regarding software patents in the aftermath of the lawsuit filed by Yahoo vs Facebook over ten of its patents.   For example, Mark Cuban hopes this lawsuit leads to a 50 billion dollar judgment for Yahoo in order to bankrupt Facebook and incite change in the patent system through [&hellip

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Trademark Registration and which symbol to use on websites, blogs or mobile apps?

A quick refresher on registered and unregistered trademarks for those with websites and mobile apps.  Are you using the proper symbols with your marks

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IP as an exit strategy

For any entrepreneur starting their company, the reward for a lot of hard work is typically a great new product that hopefully leads to customers, sales and wealth.  Of course, the end goal also often includes an exit strategy.  Generally, the exit strategy has been to be acquired or to have a successful IPO. The [&hellip

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So Who Are Facebook’s Patent Friends?

Earlier this week, I noted that Facebook currently owns 43 patents (and about 80 patent applications).  In fact, there are only 42 currently issued patents, with one patent being listed twice.  Today, I am taking a look at those 42 patents to see where they came from.  Of the 42 patents, 10 were based on [&hellip

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So how many patents do Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn, Twitter really have?

Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn and Twitter are four of the most important startups of the past few years, so their patent portfolios are worth monitoring.  How many patents do these four companies have? This morning, the popular Twitterer @counternotions made the following inaccurate tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/counternotions/status

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Tagged you’re IP!

Social Networking patents always seem to stir up controversy.  One of the most successful social networking portfolios was the Friendster portfolio, which was bought by Facebook last year for almost 40 million dollars.  With that in mind, I wanted to take a look at what other early social networking portfolios are out there. As is [&hellip

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