Two law professors used a supercomputer to analyze patent applications against a database of examiner records and found that not only do grant rates increase with pay rates, but rejections for obviousness drop off sharply.
The Supreme Court issued yet another rebuke to the country’s patent court judges in two decisions that could make it easier to punish patent trolls.
The Supreme Court is hearing what many regard as the most important patent case in years, which is expected to provide new rules on what can and can’t be patented.
The dividing line between what software is patentable and what is not has been hazy at best. But a case that goes before the Supreme Court later this month may finally bring some much-needed clarity to the issue.
The medical practice of blood-letting persisted for decades in the face of evidence that it was a bad idea. Today’s patent system is experiencing the same difficulty.
All three branches of government are trying to fix America’s broken patent system. Today, the White House unveiled a series of new measures that will help — though not enough.
There has been a lot of data industry news this week coming out of the Strata conference, and elsewhere. Here are some of the highlights.
The legal profession has undergone a lot of unpleasant changes since the Great Recession struck in 2008. New data-analysis technologies and a new approach to thinking about data could help firms operate leaner, meaner and better.
Rackspace VP of Intellectual Property Van Lindberg was one of six tech-industry executives testifying before the House Judiciary Committee about intellectual property on Thursday. He highlighted the value of open source and the sometimes ridiculous nature of DMCA takedown requests.
Just when you thought the patent system wasn’t dysfunctional enough — copyright lawyers have been suing patent lawyers over science submissions. Here’s how it shook out.