stories from May 6th, 2013

(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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Patents

by Leigh Beadon


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When Startups Need More Lawyers Than Employees, The Patent System Isn't Working

from the do-the-math dept

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As part of our sponsorship program with the Application Developers Alliance, we're highlighting some of the content on DevsBuild.It, their new resource website, that we think will be most interesting to Techdirt readers.

We've talked a lot about the tax on innovation that patent trolls create, which is well-known inside startup circles but often misunderstood by the broader public, thanks to the pro-innovation rhetoric of high-profile trolls like Intellectual Ventures. The conversation is getting more attention lately, especially with the recent news of Senator Schumer's patent reform bill which specifically aims to fight the patent troll problem, and this interview with an anonymous developer from a tech startup offers some perspective from someone who is directly affected by the issue.

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19:33 Adidas Opposes Turner Broadcasting's ELEAGUE Logo Trademark Because Of Lines (15)
15:35 Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case Involving US Demands For Emails Stored Overseas (21)
13:33 Incentivizing Better Speech, Rather Than Censoring 'Bad' Speech (57)
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13:50 Chicago Alderman's Plan On City Budget Crisis: Let's Just Charge Uber And Lyft More To Fix It (16)
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