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3D Printing Surfaces Interesting Legal Issues

3D printing looks set to take off in Singapore, but the cool technology throws up legal questions around product liability and copyright.

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The Role of Software Patents in the Patent Reform Debate

Momentum seems to be building in Congress to tackle patent reform. From an open source perspective, any reform that reduces the risk and expense of patent lawsuits is surely a good thing. But the reforms under current discussion so far have largely been focused on the problem of NPEs (non-practicing...

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New Gov’t Report on Patent Lawsuits is Tepid, But Shows a Clear Trend

The Government Accountability Office has a new report out about patent litigation. The study, which was commissioned as part of the America Invents Act, really features little in the way of useful conclusions or policy suggestions. It ends with a call that the Director of the Patent office "consider examining trends in patent infringement litigation" in order to make the examination process better, and suggests (obviously) that better "patent quality" would be better for everyone.

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More Voices Join the Chorus for Patent Reform

Patent reform is hot! The momentum seems to be building in Congress for patent reform to address the problem of nefarious patent exploiters (also known as non-practicing entities, patent assertion entities, and, less politely, trolls). As previously noted here, there are a number of serious legislative proposals circulating, and the...

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Fixing the Patent System: Government and Industry Push for Reform

In the US it’s estimated that lawsuits from patent assertion entities, commonly called patent trolls, have cost the US economy some $300 billion in lost wealth, causing far-reaching repercussions in terms of missed opportunities from companies scared of possible legal exposure. Many in Washington, Silicon Valley, and elsewhere have been...

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