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IRobot Sues Hoover, Other Competitors over Robotic Vacuum Patents

IRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, brought a string of lawsuits on Monday accusing rivals including The Hoover Co and Black & Decker Corp of using its patented technology without permission. Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot filed lawsuits in …

Supreme Court Weighs Where Patents Lawsuits Can Be Filed

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struggled over whether to upend nearly 30 years of law governing patent lawsuits that critics say allows often-baseless litigants to sue in friendly courts, giving them the upper hand over high-technology companies such as …

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Patent Litigants’ ‘Friendly Court’ Shopping

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether to limit where patent lawsuits may be filed, potentially threatening a years-long trend that critics say allows frequent and often-baseless litigants to sue in courts friendly to them. The justices …

Colorado Law Targets Frivolous Patent Lawsuits

Colorado will start prosecuting so-called patent trolls, businesses and individuals who falsely claim to have the rights to an idea or product so they can intimidate inventors and companies into doling out money to settle or avoid lawsuits. A bill …

Patent Lawsuits Drop But Tech Firms Still Top Target

Technology companies like Google Inc. and Apple Inc. remain the biggest targets of patent lawsuits even as the overall litigation totals dropped last year, according to a study released by Unified Patents. The number of patent lawsuits filed fell 17 …

Technology Firms Having Success Against ‘Patent Trolls’

For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google’s online ads to Apple’s iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions …

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 …