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Reporters' Roundtable: Patent wars escalate

Given the big news this week, it's time to revisit the patent and invention discussion on the Roundtable. To do that, we bring back Nilay Patel, the lawyer-turned-tech journalist from Endgadget and This Is My Next.

In May, we had Nilay Patel on the show to discuss the patent mess. Since then, there's been a lot of really interesting news in the world of patents, Google's plans to buy Motorola Mobility, in particular. So it's time to bring Nilay back for a more detailed look at the state of the patent mess. And that's what we've done.

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Discussion points

Discuss: HP is dumping WebOS. What happens to that patent library?

Please summarize treatise on patents you did for This Is My Next.

Why is Google really buying Motorola Mobility?

Impact on Android development?

Discuss: "What is clear through [recent acquisition of 1029 IBM patents] is that Google has ended its previous unilateral patent disarmament policy." --Allen Wan on Patentlyo.

What are some key patents Google bought?

Did Google actually underpay for the Moto Mobility patent portfolio?

Put this in context with other recent patent portfolio acquisitions.

Talk about the impact of the "This American Life" episode on patents.

Are we in the middle of a patent bubble? How do we get out of it?

The legal section. First, let's discuss "First to Invent" vs. "First to File" and U.S. patent law reform.

Obama quote: "Right now, Congress can send me a bill that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to patent a new product or idea, because we can't give innovators in other countries a big leg up when it comes to opening new businesses and creating new jobs."

Gary Lauder: America Invents law is a travesty for innovation economy.

What it's like now for small inventors / entrepreneurs. Discuss advantages to partnering with Google, MS, I.V. to get their "protection."

Discuss skill of patent office in granting or denying patents

Other big patent troves we may see get sold (like Kodak)?

Future - how long can things go on like this?

Related reading
• Patents of Mass Destruction (Rafe's Radar)
• Reporters' Roundtable: The patent mess
• The Terrible Cost Of Patents (TechCrunch)
• America Invents Act of 2011 (U.S. House of Representatives)
• Perspectives on Patent Reform, By Gary Lauder
• When Patents Attack (This American Life)
• Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life expose: 'We fundamentally disagree' (GeekWire)
• Who Does Patent-Trading Firm Intellectual Ventures Work For, Anyway? (Business Insider)
• How to encourage American innovation (Washington Post)