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The Respect, or Lack Thereof, When It Comes to Intellectual Property: 5 Ways to Protect Your Patents

You’ve worked tirelessly on your latest project, and eventually, find yourself sitting with what could be a breakthrough invention. Months, or even years, of hard work have come to fruition, and now you’ve reached the promised land of sorts. Your first instinct may be to… Read More

Templum and IPwe Look to Create Marketplace for Patents

Templum Markets, a primary issuance and secondary trading platform for blockchain based securities, and IPwe have partnered to launch a patent finance market. Templum Markets and IPwe claim they are creating an entirely new financing framework, enabling companies to efficiently finance their patented intellectual property,… Read More

Report: China Advancing Possible Surveillance Cryptocurrency

The Chinese government is looking to create a cryptocurrency that will allow it to better monitor the financial conduct of citizens and institutions, Bloomberg reports. Software developers at the People’s Bank of China have registered 78 digital currency patents since 2016, and, as of August,… Read More

Singapore Launches New Fintech Fast Track Initiative to Accelerate Patent Application-To-Grant Process

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) announced last week the launch of the country’s new Fintech Fast Track initiative in order to accelerate patent application-to-grant processing. According to the organization, the initiative expedites patent application-to-grant process for fintech inventions and fintech patents can be expected to… Read More

Banks, Startups and Trolls to Duke Over Blockchain?

Reports came out during the holiday season last year of banks quietly stocking up on blockchain patents.  Banks will compete with startups making the same moves.  They will also compete for patents with trolls who suppress innovation. The future of blockchain innovation depends on who… Read More

PatentAngels Wants to Crowdfund Companies with Patent Rights

Investment crowdfunding covers many different verticals. From early stage to later stage companies from debt to equity from real estate to revenue share. The internet can be a great leveler of information and opportunity. Patents can be a plus for early stage companies as investors… Read More

Humor: An Explanation of Patent Trolls (Video)

The embedded video below is courtesy of the team at Engine.is, one of advocacy groups battling the issue of patent trolls.  Last week the FT highlighted one of the challenges with the debate as it contrasted the opposing perspectives of the tech industry with research… Read More

UK Government Responds to Report on Groundless Threats Regarding IP, Patents

The UK government has responded to the Law Commission report on the law on groundless threats to bring proceedings for infringement of Intellectual Property rights including patents. The proposed reforms are intended to ensure the “threats provisions” are clearer for businesses. A spokesperson stated this will make… Read More

Lawsuit against Crowdfunding Platforms Signals the Urgent Need for Patent Reform

Crowdfunding platforms just became the latest target for patent trolls – entities that purchase patents, not to produce any goods or services, but to threaten and file infringement suits and attempt to collect licensing fees. Take the case of AlphaCap Ventures, LLC, a company that… Read More

Details Emerge on Patent Lawsuit Against Multiple Crowdfunding Platforms

It was revealed earlier this week that a patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Indiegogo, CircleUp, GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Gust, RocketHub & Innovational Funding  by Alphacap Ventures LLC for a trial by jury in the Eastern District Court of Texas. Alphacap Ventures is based in California but… Read More

Crowdfunding Patent Battle Between Kickstarter & ArtistShare Nears End. Judge Set to Rule on Creation of Crowdfunding

Three years ago, crowdfunding leader Kickstarter became embroiled in a legal battle with musician and creator of website ArtistShare, Brian Camelio. Now it looks like the battle of who invented (or at least controls the intellectual property) crowdfunding is finally about to come to end…. Read More

EquityNet Receives 2 More Crowdfunding Patents

EquityNet has announced receiving two more patents from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.  The patents surround crowdfunding and represent the company’s fourth and fifth crowdfunding patents. Patent number 8,793,170 is titled “Electronic Enterprise Capital Marketplace Apparatus and Method” and patent number 8,793,171 is titled “Electronic System… Read More

David S. Rose On Crowdfunding, IP Protection & Execution

We recently stumbled upon a Quora answer from David S. Rose made in July of last year. One of the topics relevant to crowdfunding is IP protection. Crowdfunding is a very public endeavor, and exposing early-stage ideas to the crowd carries some risk of garnering… Read More

#Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 29, 2013

I was feeling a little festive yesterday and didn’t get to a roundup, so we’re making up for it today with a big roundup of things we’ve found throughout the week. My turkey coma has thankfully worn off. Forbes | Britain’s Crowdfunders Plot World Domination… Read More

EquityNet Receives Third Crowdfunding Patent For Biz Monitoring System

EquityNet has announced that they have secured a patent for technology that monitors the performance of private businesses. Titled “Electronic Enterprise Monitoring Apparatus,” it is the third crowdfunding-related patent held by EquityNet. Other patents in EquityNet’s portfolio are titled “Electronic Enterprise Capital Marketplace” and “Electronic Enterprise Analysis Apparatus”…. Read More

Can You Really Sue Kickstarter for IP Infringement?

When Formlabs raised $2,945,885 on Kickstarter for its high resolution 3-D printer in October 2012, neither company was expecting a lawsuit. Still, 3D Systems, one of the biggest names in 3-D printing,sued both companies, accusing them of patent infringement. Debate swept the maker community — a 3-D printed Kickstarter project boycotted 3D… Read More

Indiegogo Campaign Roundup: Home Health Monitoring, Crowdfunding Legal Costs, Help Kids With Autism

The Scanadu Scout is a medical tricorder. What is a medical tricorder? If you have to ask you probably never watched Star Trek, where they were used as an all-in-one device to monitor vitals. Flash forward to 2013 and an Indiegogo offering is promising to bring… Read More

Crowdfunded Project Attempts To Unveil Intellectual Ventures’ Hidden Web Of Patents

We’ve written about patent trolling giant Intellectual Ventures many times, including how it is notoriously secretive about almost everything. Its deals with companies (often involving them forking over hundreds of millions of dollars to not get sued) are hidden away behind strict non-disclosure agreements. It… Read More

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