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…

New SEC Crowdfunding Rules

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rules for crowdfunding offerings and exchanges (“portals”). US based companies could raise up to $1 million per year with limited disclosures, of types defined by the new rules, and with amounts that could be sold to individual investors limited by the investor’s income. Crowdfunding portals would provide…