Tax Reform will Harm Inventors, High Tech Start-ups

By Paul Morinville & Gene Quinn Published by IPWatchdog HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed the House of Representatives on November 16, 2017 by a vote of 227-205. Within HR 1 is a provision to change 26 U.S.C. 1221(a), 26 U.S.C.1231(b)(1) and 26 U.S. Code § 1235,), which address the way patents are treated from a tax …

The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) What is a bad patent? Congress has established the requirements for obtaining a patent. The patent office grants a patent to applicants when they meet those requirements. It is simple. No trolls involved. If there are bad patents, then either the law is bad, or the patent office is not following the law when they …

The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses

By Josh Malone Published by IPWatchdog What is a bad patent? Congress has established the requirements for obtaining a patent. The patent office grants a patent to applicants when they meet those requirements. It is simple. No trolls involved. If there are bad patents, then either the law is bad, or the patent office is not following the law when …

PTAB, Patent Trolls, Bad Patents, and Data: A Wakeup Call to AIA Apologists

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) Since the PTAB declared two of my Bunch O Balloons patents obvious in an institution decision earlier this year, I have visited with many lawmakers and officials to describe my ordeal: six (6) patents, one (1) notorious infringer, five (5) cases in district court, eight (8) appeals to the CAFC, four (4) preliminary injunctions, eight (8) …

PTAB, Patent Trolls, Bad Patents, and Data: A Wakeup Call to AIA Apologists

By Josh Malone & Steve Brachmann Published by IPWatchdog Since the PTAB declared two of my Bunch O Balloons patents obvious in an institution decision earlier this year, I have visited with many lawmakers and officials to describe my ordeal: six (6) patents, one (1) notorious infringer, five (5) cases in district court, eight (8) appeals to the CAFC, four (4) …

The PTAB: Number One Enemy of Inventors

By Josh Malone Published by IPWatchdog I used think that if I followed the law, applied for a patent, and that patent application was approved, then I would receive a patent that protects my invention. But U.S. patents don’t work like that anymore. They are useless if a big corporation decides to steal your invention. Several factors have led to …

The PTAB: Number One Enemy of Inventors

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) I used think that if I followed the law, applied for a patent, and that patent application was approved, then I would receive a patent that protects my invention. But U.S. patents don’t work like that anymore. They are useless if a big corporation decides to steal your invention. Several factors have led to this …

$17 million: The real and staggering cost to patent in the US in the PTAB age

By Josh Malone Published by IPWatchdog At least $17 million. That is what my Bunch O Balloons patent has cost so far. It could grow to $50 million. Yes, we are talking about water balloons, not smartphones. How can this be? Because the patent grant issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office means nothing to infringers like Telebrands and Walmart. They simply ignore …

$17 million: The real and staggering cost to patent in the US in the PTAB age

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog) At least $17 million. That is what my Bunch O Balloons patent has cost so far. It could grow to $50 million. Yes, we are talking about water balloons, not smartphones. How can this be? Because the patent grant issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office means nothing to infringers like Telebrands and Walmart. They simply ignore the …