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Patent trolls curb innovation and cost the U.S. $29B in 2011 – CNET News

A new study released today confirms that lawsuits are increasing … “Small firms are encouraged to divert investment from genuine invention toward simply obtaining broad and vague patents that might one day lead to a credible, if weak, lawsuit …
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Fish & Richardson Secures First-Ever Pro Bono Patent for … – MarketWatch (press release)

Fish & Richardson Secures First-Ever Pro Bono Patent for
MarketWatch (press release)
MINNEAPOLIS, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Fish & Richardson recently helped independent inventor Nick Musachio obtain the first patent to

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“Defensive Patent License” created to protect innovators from trolls (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
“Defensive Patent License” created to protect innovators from trolls  —  The first rule of Patent Club is you do not sue members of Patent Club.  —  Defensive Patent License  —  A couple of months ago, Twitter made a pledge that’s heartening to anyone sick of patent lawsuits.

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Prof gets patent for side mirror with no blind spot – CNET News

So Hicks cannot persuade Ford and Toyota to take his fine invention and include it on their new cars for the U.S., although drivers could presumably buy aftermarket versions of his mirror and do the installation themselves. Other countries have …
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