February 13, 2018 1:16 AM
Bye Bye Blackbird
As we have talked about repeatedly in this blog, we at Cloudflare are not fans of the behavior of patent trolls. They prey upon innovative companies using overly-broad patents in an attempt to bleed settlements out of their targets. ...
November 20, 2017 6:18 PM
The Supreme Court Wanders into the Patent Troll Fight
Next Monday, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC vs. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, which is a case to determine whether the Inter Partes Review (IPR) administrative process at the US Patent and Trademark Office....
September 21, 2017 4:02 PM
Project Jengo Strikes Its First Targets (and Looks for More)
When Blackbird Tech, a notorious patent troll, sued us earlier this year for patent infringement, we discovered quickly that the folks at Blackbird were engaged in what appeared to be the broad and unsubstantiated assertion of patents -- filing about 115 lawsuits in less than 3 y...
September 14, 2017 9:38 PM
The New Breed of Patent Trolls
Lee Cheng, President & Co-CLO, Symmetry IP LLC, and Vera Ranieri, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation Moderator: Doug Kramer, General Counsel, Cloudflare...
June 23, 2017 1:00 PM
Project Jengo: Explaining Challenges to Patent Validity (and a looming threat)
We’ve written a couple times about the problem of patent trolls, and what we are doing in response to the first case a troll filed against Cloudflare. We set a goal to find prior art on all 38 Blackbird Tech patents and applications. ...
May 25, 2017 4:00 PM
Patent Troll Battle Update: Doubling Down on Project Jengo
We knew the case against patent trolls was the right one, but we have been overwhelmed by the response to our blog posts on patent trolls and our program for finding prior art on the patents held by Blackbird Tech, which we’ve dubbed Project Jengo....
May 11, 2017 3:00 PM
Project Jengo: Cloudflare's Prior Art Search Bounty
As readers of this blog likely know, especially if you read this post, Cloudflare has been sued by a dangerous new breed of patent troll, Blackbird Technologies, asserting a very old and very vague patent. ...