When is a Noncompete Worthwhile?

Noncompetes come up in several business contexts. A few examples:   Introductions to people or deals: Here, a “Noncompete/Noncircumvent” agreement is usual, with both sides promising not to do a deal with other people they introduce to each other, or to do a deal without the other’s permission,  and not to use information they receive…

What To Do About A Patent Troll?

“Patent trolls” take advantage of the relatively easy process for getting a “patent” for inventions in the USA (almost 303,000 issued in 2013, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office, see http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/us_stat.htm) and the frequently incomprehensible language of “claims” in the issued patents to suggest that their (often never commercialized) old inventions were the…