Commentary

Drinking Facebook’s Milkshake

Towards the end of the film There Will Be Blood, Daniel Day-Lewis, playing a ruthless oil baron we have watched rise from lone prospector, explains slant drilling technology to a rival. By angling his drill horizontally, he can tap the petroleum reserves underneath his rival’s property. He compares it to having a long straw to […]


FTC-Qualcomm Patent Dispute: No license, no chips

It’s not every day that the government and the tech industry agree on intellectual property policy, but both interests are united in their opposition to San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc.’s abusive patent-licensing practices. Hoping to escape impending and much-needed scrutiny, Qualcomm has asked the U.S. District Court for Northern California to dismiss an antitrust suit brought by the U.S. […]


U.S. must continue improving the patent process

For the past several weeks, the ongoing series of lawsuits between Apple and Samsung over smartphone patents has been back in the news. Last week, Samsung announced that it plans on paying up, but expects to be reimbursed should other patents in the dispute be invalidated, which is likely based on U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) proceedings thus far. […]