Topic Archives: patent reform

Vermont Takes A Leap: First State To Pass Law To Combat Patent Trolling

Patent trolls have been in the spotlight of national attention in the past year, as President Obama addressed the problem in his Fireside Hangout and a White House report attempted to quantify the impact of abusive litigation. Officially known as Patent Assertion Entities, or PAEs, these … Continue reading

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BTLJ Spring Patent Reform Roundup

With spring in the air, it is time to take another look at current news in the world of patent troll litigation. By now full-fledged media darlings, patent infringement lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities are everywhere you turn, garnering not just upvotes … Continue reading

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BTLJ Holiday Patent Reform Round Up

We are now in the tail end of the season where millions of America brave wintry weather, TSA pat downs, and slow airplane wifi to spend quality time with loved ones. If gingerbread cookies and holiday shopping get old, you … Continue reading

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Patents, Progress, and Prognostication: A Recent AIA-Mandated Study Scans a Hazy Horizon

Last year’s passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) promised significant changes to the Patent Act, but the effect of those changes remains to be seen – largely because the most sweeping revisions have not yet taken effect.  Though … Continue reading

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Post Grant Review as a Tool for Challenging Pharmaceutical Patents

Under the recently passed Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), generic drug manufacturers will be able to use post grant review (“PGR”) to effectively invalidate or constrain pharmaceutical patents. The efficiency of PGR and the lower burden of proof for the PGR process in comparison … Continue reading

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Patent Trolls Under the Patent Reform Act

On September 16th, 2011, President Obama signed the (Leahy-Smith) America Invents Act.  The official White House Press Release and countless blogs describe the Act as “the most significant reform of the Patent Act since 1952.”  One of the stated objectives … Continue reading

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