Of Patents, Patent Enforcement and Patent Trolls

Wealth of Ideas, September 2012

Several recent patent-related events – from the attempt by Kodak to sell its patent portfolio to the proposed SHIELD (Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes) Act to the Apple-Samsung patent infringement trial verdict – have put patents, patent enforcement and the concept of patent trolls in the forefront of the news. So let’s address each of these.


The Elusiveness of Intellectual Assets

Wealth of Ideas, June 2012

Today’s modern accounting systems are truly wondrous. They seem to account for everything…well, almost everything.

When raw materials or finished goods are purchased, the double-entry basis of modern accounting creates an asset called inventory. When an invoice is issued, another asset – accounts receivables – is created. When an order is shipped out the door, the inventory decreases to reflect that. And when an invoice is paid, the accounts receivables balance reflects the payment.

Protecting IP Without Compromising Internet Freedom – Can It Be Done?

Wealth of Ideas, March 2012

One of the first and biggest stories in intellectual property news in 2012 was the controversy over two proposed anti-piracy acts known as SOPA and PIPA. From a high-profile start, however, these bills and other anti-piracy legislation have fizzled because of overwhelming opposition from the public.

What happened, and can any one bill protect IP without jeopardizing the freedom (and functioning) of the Internet?

Act I: SOPA and PIPA

Remembering Steve Jobs

Wealth of Ideas, February 2012

Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, pioneer of personal computing and legendary innovator who died last fall of complications from pancreatic cancer, is remembered for so much – most recently, his work with the iPhone and iPad. But there’s a lot more to Jobs’ legacy of innovation than meets the eye: He was a named inventor on over 300 design and utility patents.

This month, when Jobs would have turned 57, we take a look at his career and some of his memorable achievements and lesser-known career highlights.

IP Lawsuits, News and Trends to Watch in 2012

Wealth of Ideas, January 2012

2011 was chock-full of important IP headlines, what with the passage of the America Invents Act, record-breaking patent purchases by companies involved in the smartphone wars, Kodak’s attempts to sell its patents, and more. Now that it’s 2012, there are a few potentially important patent and trademark cases on the horizon. Let’s take a look at four of them.

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.