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Why the Polite Term for “Trolls” is Also a Misnomer

If you’re a history buff, has a great column this week on how and why the Founding Fathers consciously designed the U.S. patent system to work the way it does.      

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Are Patents Crushing Entrepreneurs? Another Myth Busted.

The latest charge from critics in Silicon Valley and Washington is that patents and patent lawsuits are stifling startups and technology innovation. It’s an important issue, to be sure. Technology entrepreneurs and garage-shop inventors have been crucial to economic growth throughout American history. And it is true that patent litigation has increased over the past several decades. Is this draining dynamism and competition?

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How to Punish the Real "Trolls"

Many times, I’ve acknowledged there is a real problem with so-called “patent trolls,” and that the heart of the problem is frivolous lawsuits. 

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Driven to Distraction?

Intellectual Ventures periodically comes under attack as a “patent troll” – falsely, I would argue – but sometimes these attacks provide what educators call a “teachable moment.”

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5 Inconvenient Truths about Patent Reform

If you listen to a rising chorus of critics, you might think that patents are killing innovation. Each week seems to bring new media attention to an alleged patent miscreant or some new hand-wringing about the volume of patent litigation. The White House, Federal Trade Commission and some members of Congress are proposing ideas to rein in patent “trolls” and “privateers.”

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Mr. Detkin Goes to Washington

Earlier this week I took part in a workshop in Washington, DC jointly hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). The intent of the workshop was “to explore the impact of patent assertion entity (PAE) activities on innovation and competition and the implications for antitrust enforcement and policy.”  (See conference link for more information:

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The Red Herring of Transparency

The IP industry narrative has taken a curious turn in the last few weeks, shifting away from flaws in the system itself and focusing instead on the “transparency” of those who participate in it. It’s a story that has cropped up now and again in blogs and legal journals, but last week it broke out of the echo chamber and into a speech by outgoing USPTO Director David Kappos. While Director Kappos didn’t mention IV, others have. A recent op-ed in the legal journal Law360 asserted that, “Intellectual Ventures has allegedly established more than 1,000 shell companies to hide patent assets, gain the upper hand in licensing negotiations, and sue companies anonymously.”

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Peter Detkin Op-Ed on Law360: “A Tale of Two HPs”

Today, Peter Detkin, founder and vice chairman of Intellectual Ventures, contributed an op-ed to the online legal journal Law360. The article provides a counter-argument to a recent piece on the “broken tech patent system” by Paul Roeder, associate general counsel for Hewlett Packard’s IP litigation department. 

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Asking the Right Questions

Ten years ago when my partners and I founded Intellectual Ventures, we submitted a thesis to the market. We said that we believe in the value of invention, and that by creating a liquid market for invention we can help drive innovation like never before. This was our dissertation to our investors, our prospective clients and our partners in the industry. 

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IV’s Peter Detkin on Google, Motorola and an Evolving Patent System

Today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal includes a letter to the editor from Peter Detkin, founder and vice chairman of Intellectual Ventures. Peter’s letter addresses an August 22 editorial by Gordon Crovitz on the U.S. patent system, and discusses Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility as an example of how the system has evolved to treat patents as a liquid form of capital.

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The Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic

The University of Pennsylvania Law School today announced the creation of the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic. The clinic was made possible by a generous gift from Intellectual Ventures Founder and Vice Chairman Peter Detkin, who is an alumnus of both Penn Law and the Penn School of Engineering and Applied Science, and is on the Penn Engineering Board of Overseers. The clinic will provide a hands-on, practical experience with the technological, legal and business aspects of commercializing innovation.

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