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January 24

The (very) big bucks behind a recently launched "anti-troll" patent reform lobbying group. http://t.co/aFogAh5hV8

January 23

The deep pockets of a new $130 million “anti-troll” alliance may mean cash trumps logic in the US reform debate. http://t.co/aFogAh5hV8

January 23

Where this @congressblog piece goes wrong is assuming Rockstar cos bought Nortel patents primarily to monetise them. http://t.co/JoZKrrRE50

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23 Jan 2015
The $130 million “anti-troll coalition” has the financial power to have a major say in the reform debate

A guiding principle for anyone observing the political process in Washington DC is, of course, to follow the money. In the patent world that is being given new meaning as the main players in the legislative reform debate swell the coffers of the US capital’s lobbyists. One new coalition is United for Patent Reform, a broad range of companies including tech giants Google,...

23 Jan 2015
The age of the IP-aware activist shareholder has arrived

Private equity firm Vector Capital has filed suit against Technicolor over allegations that the French company manipulated shareholder voting. This is the latest development in a long running dispute between the two over the future of Technicolor's operations and technology licensing business. Vector Capital won a competitive bid for a minority stake in Technicolor in...

22 Jan 2015
Nothing gained from part two of the Michelle Lee Senate nomination hearing

As any film fan knows, sequels so often disappoint. The creative spark can seem lost; actors appear uninterested; the whole process looks rushed. You’re left wondering why the old gang bothered to get back together. And so it was with Michelle Lee’s second USPTO director nomination hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. It wasn’t that her first...

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