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  • App.net took a wrong turn when it published Developer Terms insisting that App.net would own, outright, any feedback submitted to it. This post points to discussions on App.net and on GitHub about the issue, and suggests substitute license language.

    September 28, 2012 | William Carleton

  • This article looks to a change in joinder rules enacted under the America Invents Act to explain a recent flurry in patent infringement lawsuit filings.  The article details what exactly is changing and why these changes could be the cause of a...

    June 22, 2012 | Adam Philipp

  • This article analyzes how the America Invents Act's switch from first to invent to first to file will impact the decisions inventors face when deciding whether and when to file for patents with the USPTO.  The artilce also reviews how the...

    June 8, 2012 | Adam Philipp

  • This article shares a new twist embodied in the America Invents Act (the most recent round of patent reform)--defensive publication.  The Act allows inventors to have exclusive rights to file for a patent over an invention within one year after...

    June 7, 2012 | Adam Philipp

  • This article begins a series looking at the various changes to be wrought by the America Invents Act, which was passed last year by Congress and will soon be implemented.  This entry focuses on how this patent reform bill is already helping to...

    May 25, 2012 | Adam Philipp

  • This article reviews the outcome of a recent patent infringement lawsuit involving futures trading software.  A key part of the court's opinion in the case in question turned on the idea that where a "parent" patent had an express limitation,...

    May 21, 2012 | Adam Philipp

  • This article looks to the history of prior patent reforms and explains why we might see a stampede to file patents prior to the upcoming effective date of the America Invents Act.  The article also outlines the arguments about why this patent...

    May 14, 2012 | Adam Philipp

  • This article notes a decision in the Oracle v. Google copyright infringement litigation which was nominally in favor of Oracle but in reality did not move the needle all that much.  The article points to the mixed nature of the decision and...

    May 8, 2012 | Gavin Johnson

  • The patent law doctrine of "intervening rights" informs the scope of a patentholder's rights; the scope of these rights are then of utmost importance in patent infringement actions.  This article looks into a recent Federal Circuit appellate...

    May 4, 2012 | Adam Philipp

  • Patent litigation lawsuits and patent "trolls" have been hot news topics in legal and entrepreneurial circles lately.  This raises the question--what are the costs associated with all this litigation around innovation?  This article...

    April 28, 2012 | Adam Philipp

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