Number of Utility Patent Claims Issued By USPTO Per Year Has Quintupled in 30

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| Note that the number of claims issued per year has almost quintupled in those
| 30 years, from under 700,000 claims per year to over 3 million for the last
| several years. That's amazing. And people wonder why the PTO is passing rules
| attempting to limit continuations and the number of claims per application.

A Microsoft partner called Novell gets patents as well:

23 patents awarded to inventors in Utah

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| Protection of data accessible by a mobile device. Peter Boucher, Jonathan
| Wood, both of Orem; Michael Wright, Sandy; Gabe Nault, Draper; Merrill Smith,
| Riverton; Sterling K. Jacobson, Saratoga Springs; Robert Mims, West Valley
| City. Assigned to Novell Inc., Provo. Filed Feb. 28, 2003, claiming priority
| to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,308,703.


Patent Filed on Technology that Detects Click Fraud

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| Yong Guan had scribbled 12 arrows across his office whiteboard, each black
| line going from one little box he had drawn to another little box. He had
| written five long formulas up there, too.
| And that was bad news for cyber criminals.

Wow again. Sounds like software patents.


Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

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| In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different
| answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild
| of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as
| $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from
| universities in Asia."

Playing Microsoft Patent Poker

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| This time though, while Ballmer slinks away to try to con … convince people
| that Microsoft Unified Communications somehow offers people more than what
| Cisco's VOIP (voice over IP) been offering customers for years, a patent
| attack finally launches at Linux. Specifically, IP Innovation, a subsidiary
| of Acacia Technologies Group, has filed a patent infringement claim against
| Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat.
| So was it just timing, or was it something more? Let's take a look at the
| players.