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  • Patent Trolls: What They Are and How We Fight Them

    Patent trolls have existed for as long as patents have existed, but the term patent troll originates from an educational video released to corporations in the early 1990s. It is a derogatory term used to describe people or companies that attempt to enforce patent rights against ... Read Article
  • Mistakes Companies Make in Mergers and Acquisitions and How to Avoid Them

    Mergers and acquisitions in every industry is a fact of life. In 2015, 3.8 trillion was spent in mergers and acquisitions , surpassing the previous record of 1.3 trillion in 2007. Reasons businesses merge or acquire with another business may include expansion in a region or ... Read Article
  • U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Patent Troll Case that could end venue selection in Eastern Texas Courts

    Courts in the Eastern District of Texas are often sought out by companies looking to file lawsuits for patent infringement. In fact, nearly half of all patent suits filed in the United States are heard in the Eastern District of Texas. However, an upcoming Supreme Court case ... Read Article
  • One Internet Entrepreneur's Approach to Fighting Off a Patent Troll

    Fark.com: 'We don't make news. We mock it.' Fark.com is an internet news aggregator boasting millions of monthly page views. Drew Curtis originally registered Fark.com in 1997. Since then, Fark has grown to become one of the most successful sites of its kind. How Fark works (and ... Read Article
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation: 3 Ways to Fight Back

    You have valuable source code, customer lists, a product design - you name it, if it's your trade secret , protecting it is a top priority . All too often, however, companies face misappropriation of trade secrets . Perhaps a competitor gets its hands on your product and is now ... Read Article
  • You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (From Patent Trolls)

    Actually, you can't really run, either. Your HQ might be in Silicon Valley, but patent trolls can sue you in any jurisdiction in the U.S. Don't ask us if it's fair (it's not) - being able to pick the forum for litigation is unique to patent trolls, and a bit of a headache for ... Read Article
  • Updates in Patent Litigation: Patent Eligibility, Or Bad News for Patent Trolls

    35 U.S. Code § 101 - Inventions Patentable Last week we focused on patent troll defense litigation. This week, we take it back a few years to when the Supreme Court upheld a district court ruling in Alice Corp vs. CLS Bank . CLS Bank is a global network that facilitates currency ... Read Article
  • Fighting the Evil Patent Troll

    A play-by-play on what a patent troll is, how they operate, and what you can do about them to protect your business... Have you ever heard of "patent trolls?" If not, you probably have heard them referred to as their other, less-scary-sounding names such as patent holding ... Read Article
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