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Supreme Court says companies can’t use patent law to sue resellers

The Supreme Court has ruled that patent holders can’t sue people for reselling or refurbishing a product that’s based on those patents. Today, it passed down a decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark International, declaring that printer company Lexmark can’t sue...

Intel to Universities: No Patents, Just Open Source

Open Source software has been one of my soapbox subjects for the past two decades.  You’ll find it in your smartphone (the Apple iPhone and Android are both based on it), running your car, in your television and much more.  It’s Open Source software that...

Patent Disaster Grows as Google Spends $400,000 per Patent

Jobs aren’t quite what they were – even in the tech industry where the unemployment rate for technology jobs was 3.3% in June, compared with a 9.2% unemployment rate overall that month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the most recent...

Broken Patent System Encouraging Kodak Breakup

I’m not impressed with our current Patent system.  The primary purpose of our Constitution-based Patents in the US was to encourage the development of new technologies which would be of the greatest benefit to the community at large.  It’s served us well...