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RPX Launches Non-Practicing Entity Patent Litigation Insurance with Lloyd’s

RPX Corp., a provider of patent risk management products, has launched a new insurance service for businesses facing patent infringement litigation with non-practicing entities (NPEs).  As a coverholder at Lloyd’s, RPX Insurance Services, LLC will provide marketing, underwriting, and claims …

Supreme Court Justices Signal Radical Change in Software Patents Unlikely

U.S. Supreme Court justices stepped gingerly into a raging debate over computer software on Monday, voicing concerns about vaguely defined patents but signaling they would avoid any radical change to existing law. This may help tech companies fend off lawsuits …

Supreme Court Takes On Software Patents Today

The U.S. Supreme Court will on Monday delve into the hotly contested question of when software is eligible for patent protection. The nine justices will hear a one-hour oral argument in a case of interest not just to software companies …

‘Patent Troll’ Issue Reaches Supreme Court

A dispute between two fitness equipment makers landed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, giving justices a chance to consider how to deal with so-called patent trolls, companies that acquire patents to sue for infringement or extract licensing fees. …

Mass. AG Voices Support for Federal Legislation to Address Patent Trolls

Alleging that patent trolls stifle innovation and harm the economy, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley joined 41 other states Monday in submitting a letter to two Senate committees voicing support for federal legislation that will address frivolous and abusive patent …

U.S. Patent Office Moves to Curb Patent Litigation

The White House announced steps on Thursday designed to reduce frivolous patent lawsuits by trying to make it easier to identify who owns patents and by updating review processes to ensure that fewer weak patents are granted. Major technology companies …

House Passes Bill to Curb Patent Lawsuits

The U.S. House passed legislation to rein in some patent lawsuits that technology companies say could reduce the time they spend fighting such suits in court. The vote today was 325-91, with 27 Republicans and 64 Democrats opposing the measure. …

Bill to Curb ‘Patent Trolls’ Introduced in Congress

A U.S. congressman, who has led the charge against frivolous patent infringement lawsuits, introduced a bill on Wednesday to curb the behavior of so-called “patent trolls” but faced criticism that some of the proposals go too far. The bill from …

Federal Trade Commission Moves Closer to ‘Patent Troll’ Study

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday took another step toward a comprehensive study of “patent trolls” – companies in the business of buying and asserting patents – to see if they are hurting competition with abusive litigation. FTC commissioners …

Trade Panel Action Could Thwart ‘Patent Trolls’

A U.S. trade panel that deals with patent infringement cases took a step on Monday that could rein in companies, often known as patent trolls, accused of embarking on frivolous litigation. The International Trade Commission said it will soon require …