Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Anti-patent engineers a problem, says senior Google IP counsel - Blog - IAM Magazine

Anti-patent engineers a problem, says senior Google IP counsel - Blog - IAM Magazine:

Wow this is an interesting point related to the effect that Patent Trolls have on the invention and innovation process. Google spends an ever increasing amount of time and money in prevention and avoidance within the new product/invention pipeline.


This is like the doctor avoiding malpractice issues by exercising defensive medicine, but on steroids.  (Sorry about the pun!)

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Monday, September 16, 2013

America's patent problem - POLITICO.com Print View

America's patent problem - POLITICO.com Print View:

Interesting Politico article by Leahy & Lee related to legislation to tame some of the really bad actors in the patent pool.

The didn't mention patent trolls by name, but the idea of building a bridge over the pond certainly implies that it will make it harder for trolls to reach up and pick off stray pieces of the economy.

The article talks about the problem of patent holders skipping over the (?infringing?) manufacturer and going straight to end users and consumers.

The two Senators are promoting legislation that would help curb this intrusion into the mainstream economy.

Looks pretty good on the face of it?

What do you all think?

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Patent law changes alter entrepreneurs' planning

Patent law changes alter entrepreneurs' planning:

This is a nice article by Laura Baverman about patents and how they needed to be integrated into the business plan and entrepreneurs' strategy. Since the US is now first-to-file, inventors must get their foot in the proverbial patent door early, often with a provisional patent while the details are being worked out.

This article also slips in the key provisions related to the laws and fees that were enacted in March of 2013.

Although the fees have all been dramatically increased, especially the follow-on maintenance fees, there is actually a micro-entity option that is only 25% of the full fee structure for large entities. (To qualify as micro, you must not have a high income and not have too many patents in your name.)

There are a few things that are are perfectly touched on in such a short article. There's a quick look at the staging process to protect the invention without bankrupting the small inventor. There's a side story about the great use of a business incubator for a specific company, EnerLeap, the next-best Lithium battery.

There's the indication of how IP must be specifically budgeted into the business plan. Your business plan must have the budget for IP, it must have the timing for IP expenses (patent, TM, Lawyer, R&D, engineering, etc.), and it must accommodate contingencies for litigation.

Of course, you still want to include the high margins and royalties from licensing in your income stream, you simply need to demonstrate that you have a sound plan for getting to that point.

Great article Laura!

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Apple, Samsung, Google and the smartphone patent wars - everything you need to know | Technology | theguardian.com

Apple, Samsung, Google and the smartphone patent wars - everything you need to know | Technology | theguardian.com:

This is an interesting overview of the many concepts associated with patents and patent strategies.

Very nice overview.

Of course you will also want to get the Patent Primer 2.0 at one of these fine book store locations near you:

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