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A Software Entrepreneur On The Madness Of Software Patents and Trolls

I regularly get emails and have discussions with entrepreneurs who are on the receiving end of a software patent lawsuit. Many of these are young companies, often with little or no revenue. It’s total, completely madness. If you don’t believe me, read the latest rant from a young entrepreneur on the receiving end of a…

Google Hangout About The Broken Software Patent System – Today @ 1pm Pacific

I’m on a Google Hangout today at 1pm Pacific time hosted by the EFF. I’ll be discussing the broken software patent system with Jason Schultz and Parker Higgins. I know this announcement is last minute – somehow the event eluded me and my calendar. Fortunately, due to the power of Twitter, I noticed that I was mentioned in…

The Real Cost of Patent Trolls

James Bessen, Jennifer Ford, and Michael Meurer of BU School of Law have written a phenomenal paper titled The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls. Rather than be politically correct and refer to NPE’s simply as “non-practicing entities”, they cut through all the noise, define what a patent troll is, and go through a…

Time To Really Deal With The Broken Software Patent System

I’ve been railing against software patents for a number of years. I believe software patents are an invalid construct – software shouldn’t be able to patented. For a while, I felt like I was shouting alone in the wilderness. While a bunch of software engineers I know thought software patents were bogus, I had trouble getting anyone…

Have We Reached The Software Patent Tipping Point?

We’ve shifted into a new zone in the world of software patent stupidity.  A few weeks ago, Oracle sued Google over a series of Java-related patents they got when they acquired Sun.  Last week, Paul Allen sued 11 major software companies, including Google, over four patents that were granted to his now defunct Interval Research…