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The FTC PAE Report: One Crucial Finding and Some Useful Statistics – but Also a Missed Opportunity

The FTC has released its long-awaited Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) Activity Report.  It is detailed, comprehensive and quite long – almost 270 pages!  I apologize for the length of this blog posting, but a report five years in the making deserves more than passing attention.

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The U.S. May Lead the World in Invention, but There's More We Need to Do

Decades of research demonstrate that diversity is a key driving force for innovation, fostering creativity and creating an environment where “outside the box” ideas can be heard. Yet, statistics show a harsh reality of missed opportunity: diversity in invention is seriously lacking for both women and minorities, today and throughout history.

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Cory Van Arsdale on licensing, collaboration and the future of patenting

At Intellectual Ventures, part of our business involves providing customers and partners worldwide with patents and invention-related services. As a result, Senior Vice President of Global Licensing Cory Van Arsdale has great perspective on the state of the global intellectual property ecosystem.

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Study Shows Patents Critical to Start-ups’ Success

Throughout much of the history of our patent system, economists agreed that patents fueled innovation. And yet, over the past few years, proponents of patent reform have sought to call into question the value of the fundamental structure underpinning intellectual property. Now, a new study published as a part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s working paper series offers quantitative evidence of the undeniable benefits of patents for start-ups.  

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President Lincoln and the “Fire of Genius”

In honor of Presidents Day, it seems fitting that we profile the only president to ever hold a patent: President Lincoln. Lincoln shared a common ethos with many inventors – he relished the opportunity to design new objects, especially those that had the potential to improve an industry or make work more efficient. 

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Latest Patent Study Misses the Point

The latest study purporting to shine a light on patents and the invention economy is a survey conducted by UC Berkeley’s Robin Feldman and Stanford’s Mark Lemley. We’ve been pointing out for years that sound data supporting the need for further changes to patent enforceability is lacking, so we were curious to see what these two academics might say about patent licensing and its relationship to innovation.

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