Paul Kedrosky points out yesterday's US Supreme Court decision:
The Supreme Court decision today in favor of Ebay in the MercExchange case is an important one. The justices decided that judges do have leeway to withhold injunctive relief in patent cases -- the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had held that injunctions were mandatory -- and it struck down the prior CAFC decision.
That's the good news. It makes it clearer that patent bandits can't simply sue and default expect to hold deeper-pocketed sorts ransom. That's progress.
Actually, the US Patent and Trademark Office announced yesterday that they're doing a pilot project based on Prof. Noveck's paper. So it's not just academic!
The web site for Prof. Noveck's project is here: http://dotank.nyls.edu/communitypatent/
I still despair for our patent system, but perhaps there is hope.