Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to expand program for ditching low-quality patents.
For the first time in three decades, the Supreme Court will rule on the patentability of software.
The legislation is designed to rein in abusive lawsuits by patent "trolls."
A House proposal would have nixed bad software patents. But Microsoft and IBM helped to kill it.
Companies with large patent portfolios oppose a proposal to invalidate bad patents.
This week Nebraska's attorney general made the case that patent trolling tactics violate Nebraska state law.
A startup founder says that a frivolous patent lawsuit is the worst thing that's happened to him as an entrepreneur.
Two universities have joined a patent lawsuit designed to knock an alternative breast cancer testing product off the market.
Why is the firm that lost a Supreme Court case still suing competitors who offer breast cancer tests?
The economy is being ravaged by frivolous lawsuits based on broad patents. A key appeals court just missed a chance to address the problem.
The problem has grown so serious it has captured the attention of the Obama Administration.
The International Trade Commission has banned several older Apple products from the US market for patent infringement.
The Obama administration is set to unveil a package of reforms aimed at reining in "patent trolls." But trolls are just a symptom of the patent system's problems.
For a quarter century, the courts placed no meaningful limits on what could be patented. That's beginning to change.
The Supreme Court has ruled that you can infringe a patent simply by planting a patented seed and letting it grow.
Over the past year, as tech companies have been suing each other left and right, many experts have argued that our patent system is broken. But two economists have now gone even further than that, arguing that the patent system should be abolished entirely. A look at their provocative argument--and some counterpoints.
MIT's Daron Acemoglu argues that if the U.S. adopted the Swedish model, everyone would suffer. It's not clear that's the case.
By Dylan Matthews
September 28, 2012
You've probably heard of "the Laffer curve," the tax chart that Arthur Laffer sketched on the back of a napkin for Ronald Reagan, and that supposedly heavily influence Reagan's thinking on tax cuts. Well, here's the Tabarrok curve.
By Ezra Klein
September 19, 2012