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Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

Joe Medved Crunch Network Contributor Joe Medved is partner of SoftBank Capital at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view things. …

Patent fighters attack the crown jewels of three of America's worst patent trolls

Unified Patents raises money from companies that are the target of patent-trolling and then uses it to challenge the most widely used patents in each of its members’ sectors: now it’s going for the gold. Unified is challenging three patents at once: Shipping & Transit’s patent on bus-tracking (the basis of 500+ lawsuits, most against cities’ transit authorities); Uniloc’s patent on DRM; and …