patents

Senator says House patent bill is ‘treating the symptoms instead of the disease’

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to expand program for ditching low-quality patents.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Dec 17, 2013

The Supreme Court could abolish software patents next year. Here’s why it should.

For the first time in three decades, the Supreme Court will rule on the patentability of software.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Dec 6, 2013

The House votes on patent reform today. Here’s what you need to know.

The legislation is designed to rein in abusive lawsuits by patent "trolls."

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Dec 5, 2013

Software patent reform just died in the House, thanks to IBM and Microsoft

A House proposal would have nixed bad software patents. But Microsoft and IBM helped to kill it.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Nov 20, 2013

Large patent holders hate this reform proposal. That’s a good sign.

Companies with large patent portfolios oppose a proposal to invalidate bad patents.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Sep 24, 2013

Nebraska’s attorney general has declared war on patent trolls

This week Nebraska's attorney general made the case that patent trolling tactics violate Nebraska state law.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Sep 12, 2013

Here’s what it feels like to be sued by a patent troll

A startup founder says that a frivolous patent lawsuit is the worst thing that's happened to him as an entrepreneur.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jul 18, 2013

Why are universities trying to limit access to breast cancer tests?

Two universities have joined a patent lawsuit designed to knock an alternative breast cancer testing product off the market.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jul 15, 2013

You can’t patent human genes. So why are genetic testing companies getting sued?

Why is the firm that lost a Supreme Court case still suing competitors who offer breast cancer tests?

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jul 12, 2013

One of the worst patents ever just got upheld in court

The economy is being ravaged by frivolous lawsuits based on broad patents. A key appeals court just missed a chance to address the problem.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 24, 2013

How patent trolling went mainstream

The problem has grown so serious it has captured the attention of the Obama Administration.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 5, 2013

Why does a trade court get to decide if Apple infringed patents?

The International Trade Commission has banned several older Apple products from the US market for patent infringement.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 4, 2013

Obama wants to crack down on patent trolls. That’s not enough.

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.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Jun 4, 2013

Bad news for patent trolls, in one chart

For a quarter century, the courts placed no meaningful limits on what could be patented. That's beginning to change.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • May 22, 2013

Supreme Court says you can violate a patent by planting a seed

The Supreme Court has ruled that you can infringe a patent simply by planting a patented seed and letting it grow.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • May 15, 2013

The case against patents

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.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 10, 2012

Is Sweden awesome because it mooches off the U.S.?

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.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 28, 2012

Innovation policy in one…napkin?

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.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 19, 2012