EFF project to find bad patents gets funding
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting bogus patents and patent trolls with its Defend Innovation effort announced in June. Today’s press release from the EFF announces a $250,000 contribution from Mark Cuban to the EFF and a separate donation of $250,000 from game developer Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft.
“The current state of patents and patent litigation in this country is shameful,” said Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. “Silly patent lawsuits force prices to go up while competition and innovation suffer. That’s bad for consumers and bad for business. It’s time to fix our broken system, and EFF can help. So that’s why part of my donation funds a new title for EFF Staff Attorney Julie Samuels: ‘The Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents’.”
The donations fund an additional attorney to join the team and help push for a solution to the problem with software patents.