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In Defense of Patents: Retaining value and relevance of patents in periods of rapid innovation

legaltechnewsInnovation, whether in the technical or biological fields, occurs at a pace today that likely exceeds any period in history. This is due in part to the modern tools available that promote innovation. Equipment that was once available […]

‘Patent troll’ network entices start-ups with free membership

legaltechnewsLicense on Transfer (LOT) Network, a non-profit body committed to protecting companies against ‘patent trolls’, has waived its annual fee for start-ups.

Between now and March 1, 2017, any new companies with less than $5 million in annual fees […]

LOT Network waives patent troll protection membership fees for startups

legaltechnewsLicense on Transfer (LOT) Network is looking to make it even easier for smaller startups to sign up for its cross-licensing patent “immunization” organization, which includes members like Google, Netflix and Uber. Between now and March 1, 2017, […]

Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

legaltechnewsOne of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view […]

Accelerating LOT’s membership drive

legaltechnewsHonda and General Motors recently signed up for the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, following other auto companies including Hyundai, Ford and Uber in joining the network in the past year.

Honda & GM Get Under Google’s Patent Protection Umbrella

legaltechnewsSilicon Valley has had an issue with patent trolls as long as anybody can remember. Called “patent assertion entities”, these firms don’t do anything but simply buy up or register patents in the hopes that somebody puts out […]

GM Joins License On Transfer Network To Protect Its Patents

legaltechnewsIn today’s day and age, nearly every company is a technology company. That includes the automotive industry. To fight off what the industry dubs “patent trolls”, or those that don’t produce any products but have long plagued the […]

GM and Honda park in the LOT Network

legaltechnewsGeneral Motors and Honda have become the latest members of the growing LOT Network, the Google-led patent initiative that aims to combat so-called litigious ‘patent trolls’.

Honda Motor Co Ltd (NYSE:HMC) And General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) Join Patent Pact Led By Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

legaltechnewsGeneral Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) are the latest vehicle manufacturers to become part of a team of tech firms that use licenses to keep off patent assertion entities.

Why GM and Honda Just Joined a Google-Led Patent Alliance

legaltechnewsDetroit is afraid of patent trolls.

In another sign of the growing ties between Detroit and Silicon Valley, more automakers are joining a network of primarily tech companies that use licenses to ward off so-called “patent trolls.” The trolls, […]

America’s Next Big Export? Troll-Friendlier Patent Courts

legaltechnewsTime was the Eastern District of Texas was the global center for patent litigation. Companies from around the world went — or were dragged — to the tiny East Texas city of Marshall to slug it out in […]

“The Tech Blog Writer Podcast” Startup Stories – (Neil Hughes, Inc. Columnist):

legaltechnewsInc. Columnist Neil C. Hughes Interviews Innovative Startups, Tech Leaders, CEOs, Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs. Sharing their startup stories and experiences to learn from their invaluable advice. As a tech blog writer, I created this podcast to add real […]

What Will Happen When the USPTO Releases its APIs to the Wild?

legaltechnewsRecently, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Michelle Lee talked about releasing its APIs for patent data into the wild. What does this really mean?

Why Patents Still Matter, Even in a Fast-Paced Tech Environment

legaltechnewsIn today’s continuously evolving environment, a well curated patent portfolio can have an incredible influence on success.

Nissan, Toyota join ranks of Asian automakers flocking to defensive alliances

iamIt looks as though Nissan has become the latest member of the License On Transfer (LOT) Network. The website of the defensive alliance, whose members pledge to grant a licence to all other members anytime they transfer a […]

Why patent trolls won’t give up

iamIn Return of the Jedi, Yoda tells Luke “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.”

Luckily for me, this didn’t apply to the patent world.

Why Patents Still Matter In The Era Of Open Innovation

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The patent wars that rage in the tech industry are full of high stakes and high drama: Corporations engage in messy, drawn-out fights and small companies find themselves […]

Big Banks Stake Fintech Claims With Patent Application Surge

iamBig banks and credit card companies, looking to protect their investments in innovation, have accelerated efforts to patent methods linked to key technologies. Since 2013 large financial institutions have applied for at least 2,679 patents in hot areas […]

Fintech patent trolls can’t be allowed to win

iamGlobal financial services have become a persistently attractive sector for innovators. But on the flip side, unfortunately, fintech startups find themselves particularly vulnerable to patent abusers.

Good citizenship: Don’t just stop your PAE attacks, work together to stop them all

iamUniting with other tech companies can make fighting a PAE possible in the first place and enable a defendant to wage a more effective fight.