Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 31, 2012 NPE Newsclips

More On Whitserve-Apple Litigation (aatif sulleyman /

Financial Services Industry To Face Growing NPE Threat (John Ciannamea and Michael D’Andrea /

IV Assigned WLAN Patent (

Myrhvold Named Inventor On 2 New Patents (

First Windows 8 NPE Lawsuit Filed (Zach Walton /

Professor Epstein Patent Rights Podcast (


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Why NPE’s Are Not Successful In The UK?

Two researchers at the famed London School of Economics & Political Science, Christian Helmers and Luke McDonagh, have released a thought-provoking study of “Patent Assertion Entity” litigation in the UK.  From the summary here are the two key findings:

“Firstly, the majority of patent cases which reach a judgment in the UK result in a ruling invalidating the patent. Secondly, the costs regime in the legal system of England and Wales requires that the losing party pay the costs of the other side. In other words, even if its own costs are kept low, a PAE which loses a case may have to spend a substantial amount of money in order to cover the costs of the other side.”

So, will this study increase the snowball rolling downhill to introduce a “loser pays” policy for NPE’s in the US?

This study has other intriguing elements to it as well:

“We also offer interesting insights to the wider debate concerning whether it is likely that in the near future there will be a similar increase in PAE litigation in Europe as has already occurred in the US over the last decade. This article also discusses potential implications for the design of the proposed European Unified Patent Court.”

To read the entire study (and you should) please go to this link:


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October 30, 2012 NPE Newsclips

IV’s HIdden Web Of Patents Investigation To Be Crowd Funded (Mike Masnick /

EFF Initiative To Stop 3D Printing Trolls (Andrew Couts /

NPE Activity Driving Law Firm Revenue Increases (Amy Miller /

NPE’s Lititigation Against Tom Tom & Waze (James Lee Phillips /


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October 29, 2012 NPE Newsclips

The Scourge Of Patent Trolls (Nathaniel Borenstein /

Digimarc Reports Increased Revenues From IV (

IV Hiring For Global Good Position (

Mobile Health Market Ripe For NPE Claims (Orion Armon /

US & EU Regulators Focused On NPE’s (David Balto/

Congress Needs To Address NPE’s (

Neither Romney Nor Obama Address Broken Patent System (Lydia DePillis /

NY Legal Hacker Presentation On NPE’s On 11/7 (

IV Executive To Sit On Panel Discussing NPE Licensing Strategies (

Apple Sued By NPE Over File Viewer Patent (Steven Musil /

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October 28, 2012 NPE Newsclips

Vringo Litigation Against Google Looking Good (Georgi Dimitrov /

Forbes weighs in on Vringo Litigation (Richard Finger / Forbes)

Nathan Myhrvold – Humanitarian Technologist? (Tom Paulson /

AON Announces Exclusive NPE Insurance Distribution From RPX (

IV Patent Information Demands Gets Weird (Tom Ewing /

Ex-IV Lead Engineer At Stealth Energy Startup (John Cook/

IV Engineer Happy to Work On Converting Biomass Into Renewable Fuels And Chemicals (

Patent Trolls = Plague? (

Law Firm Asserts NPE Litigation Not On Rise (

Apple Sued by NPE On RPI Assigned Patent Regarding Siri (


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Inventing Miracles?

Last Thursday, Nathan Myhrvold was the keynote speaker at the second annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP) at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. During his lecture, er, speech, he reportedly said:

“The tech industry – which I love, I’m a part of and am totally guilty of this – is about making tools and toys for rich people. … And frankly, everyone in the United States is rich compared to the world.”

Everyone? Has Nathan been to the mountains of Appalachia? The ghetto’s of Detroit? The shacks in the Central Valley of California that immigrants live in? Ludicrous.

Myhrvold encouraged inventor to “invent miracles” that will change people’s lives:

“It’s great you can kill aliens with Xbox at a faster rate than ever before, but we didn’t really need our lives changed,” he said. “The fact is, there are people that do need their lives changed.”

A noble thought indeed. But, it does seem to raise a question: Why isn’t he doing this?

Anyway, see this link for more about the speech:


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TGIF – And Time For A Manhattan And NPE’s Law

Behind every patent troll there’s a greedy lawyer!

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