Patents Online LLC, the company that operates the free patent-search site FreePatentsOnline.com has launched a more feature-rich companion site targeted at law firms and IP professionals. Called SumoBrain, the new site is designed for professional users who need more features, including higher limits for PDFs, alerts and portfolios, as well as the ability to

From an article I wrote for the newsletter of IMS Expertservices:

“Ronald A. Katz once predicted that he would someday become the wealthiest patent holder ever. By most estimates, he has achieved that goal – or will soon.

“He has arrived there through an aggressive strategy of patent litigation that has had him taking


Today is the 131st anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s historic first telephone call to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, during which he uttered the famous words, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.” It is interesting to note that just three days earlier, on March 7, 1876, Bell obtained his patent

A newly launched Web site, LegalForce, offers an online “marketplace” for buying, selling and licensing patents. Through July, listing patents for sale costs nothing. Interested buyers can view listings and post bids, which are non-binding as serve as invitations to negotiate. The site also provides a networking forum for inventors, attorneys and IP professionals,

Google Patent Search is a new Google feature that searches the full text of more than 7 million U.S. patents. It covers the entire collection of USPTO patents, from the 1790s through the middle of 2006. It does not currently include patent applications, international patents, or U.S. patents issued over the last few months, but