Category: Michael Meurer

Congress needs to rein in patent trolls

November 4th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, James Bessen, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Boston Globe (subscription required)
By Michael Meurer, School of Law and
James Bessen, School of Law

Both the White House and congressional leaders have been vocal in their support for reforming the US patent system to rein in “patent trolls.” Trolls are firms with no interest in innovation or technology transfer; they hold patents to assert them against innocent businesses to extract some of the profit from genuine innovators…

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Analysis: patent trolls target wind power

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Wind Power Monthly
James Bessen, School of Law
Michael Meurer, School of Law

One of the biggest “patent trolls” is moving into American wind technology for the first time. Intellectual Ventures (IV) of Bellevue, Washington has quietly applied for at least five high-quality and widely applicable patents for reducing noise and bird strikes at utility-scale wind projects…

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Money for Nothing: How to Stop ‘Patent Trolls’ From Stifling Innovation

June 9th, 2014 in 2014, Business Week, James Bessen, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Business Week
James Bessen, School of Law
Michael Meurer, School of Law

When it comes to smothering good ideas, no group does it better than the so-called patent trolls, also known by more flattering euphemisms as “patent assertion entities,” “nonproduct entities,” and “nonpracticing entities.”…

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Groklaw news website abandoned over US surveillance

August 20th, 2013 in 2013, BBC, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Meurer, School of Law

An award-winning legal news website has stopped work, saying it cannot operate under current US surveillance policies….

Expert quote:

“I’m saddened to hear about the demise of Groklaw. It has been a great source for information about the latest developments in technology law and policy. Several of my students launched their research projects based on what they learned reading Groklaw.”

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How patent trolling went mainstream

June 5th, 2013 in 2013, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law, Washington Post 0 comments

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Michael Meurer, School of Law

Last year, small companies began receiving threatening letters from firms with inscrutable names, such as AdzPro LLC, AllLed LLC and GosNel LLC…

Expert quote:

“The most basic problem when I look at a patent is that I don’t know who owns it. When I get a demand letter from somebody, the right assumption is that these guys must own some patents. Are they going to tell me which patents they own? They don’t have to.”

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Patent Trolls in Public

March 19th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Patently-O
By James Bessen, School of Law
and Michael Meurer, School of Law

As Congress considers the SHIELD Act, it is helpful to review some of the empirical evidence on the economics Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs)…

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Eradicating patent trolls

December 10th, 2012 in 2012, James Bessen, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law, The Hill 0 comments

The Hill
James Bessen, School of Law
Michael Meurer, School of Law

One of the critical obstacles to our innovation economy are patent trolls or Patent Assertion Entities (“PAE”) which acquire patents simply to bring patent litigation and effectively tax innovation…

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Apple and Samsung return to patent fray

December 2nd, 2012 in 2012, Financial Times, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Meurer, School of Law

Apple and Samsung will once again square up over rounded corners and other elements of smartphone design, as a US judge considers whether to overturn or enlarge the $1bn verdict against the South Korean group…

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Olympus gives in, settles with Intellectual Ventures

November 8th, 2012 in 2012, CNET, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Meurer, School of Law

Intellectual Ventures, the giant patent-holding company that’s become synonymous with the term “patent troll,” says it has settled a contentious infringement suit with camera-maker Olympus…

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Apple’s Samsung Victory Shows Patents Aren’t Just For Inventions Any More

August 27th, 2012 in 2012, Forbes, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Meurer, School of Law

Apple‘s resounding courtroom victory over Samsung doesn’t just mean a tougher road ahead for companies that want to clone the popular iPhone…

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