Category: James Bessen

Tech Companies Fight Back Against Patent Lawsuits

January 23rd, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

New York Times
James Bessen, School of Law

The general counsel of Rackspace, a web-hosting company in San Antonio, does not mince words when he discusses patent litigation…

Expert quote:

“Their activity has been skyrocketing.”

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Patent reform in America: Trolls on the hill

December 5th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law, The Economist 0 comments

The Economist (subscription required)
James Bessen, School of Law

In Scandinavian folklore trolls were dumpy with grotesque faces and uncontrollable hair…

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The Power of No

December 5th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Slate.com 0 comments

Slate.com
By James Bessen, School of Law

In June, in a White House blog post titled “Taking on Patent Trolls to Protect American Innovation, Gene Sperling, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, warned: “In recent years, there has been an explosion of abusive patent litigation designed not to reward innovation and enforce intellectual property, but to threaten companies in order to extract settlements based on questionable claims.”…

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Patent trolls demand ‘infringement’ fees

November 12th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law, USA Today 0 comments

USA Today
James Bessen, School of Law

Jerry Tarrant, co-founder and chief operating officer of MyWebGrocer in Winooski, Vt., says he has spent more than $100,000 in attorney’s fees fending off letters from companies claiming MyWebGrocer was infringing on their patents…

Expert quote:

“Right now, patent trolls are squelching innovation. The more R&D you perform, the more likely you are to be sued. A company like Apple, they’re clobbered.”

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Jury to Decide How Much More Samsung Must Pay Apple in Patent Case

November 11th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

New York Times
James Bessen, School of Law

Samsung Electronics lost an important patent battle with Apple last year…

Expert quote:

“This is a judgment based on some of its products, particularly old products. Samsung doesn’t want similar judgments on more recent products as well.”

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No, technology isn’t going to destroy the middle class

October 21st, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Washington Post 0 comments

Washington Post
By James Bessen, School of Law

Is technology killing the middle class?…

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In Battle Against Patent Abuse, Vermont Is Troll Hunting

September 30th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Vermont Public Radio
James Bessen, School of Law

Patent abuse by a shadowy alphabet soup of shell corporations has cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars…

Expert quote:

“This is acting as a tax on R&D.”

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Don’t blame technology for persistent unemployment

September 30th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Slate.com 0 comments

Slate.com
By James Bessen, School of Law

Are machines stealing our jobs?…

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Op-ed: How patent trolls doomed themselves by targeting Main Street

September 12th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Ars Technica
By James Bessen, School of Law

The patent troll that demanded money from “Webtech,” a Vermont website developer (name changed), was just doing business in the same way trolls have for more than a decade now…

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The patent troll crisis is really a software patent crisis

September 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Washington Post 0 comments

Washington Post “The Switch”
By James Bessen, School of Law

In 1903, a patent attorney named George Selden sued Henry Ford and four other car manufacturers, demanding a royalty on every car sold…

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