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A good day if you're a patent troll
Looks like patent reform — specifically, a bill to curb the frivolous lawsuits from "patent trolls" — has died in the US Senate. Some good coverage on GigaOm and Re/code. More from us on the topic tomorrow morning. Discuss
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Eliminating noncompetes may hurt the Commonwealth

There are a few things that Boston's startup community generally agrees on: The need for late night T service, investors are too stingy, and non-competes hurt innovation and should be banned. Shepard Davidson, a partner at law firm Burns & Levinson, has litigated to enforce non-competes, and shares why he thinks they should get a second look.

Last month Gov. Deval Patrick formally called for the elimination of noncompete agreements as part of a bill called An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity. The Governor's proposal, and the rallying cry of its various supporters, is firmly based on the premise that noncompete agreements have a negative impact on Massachusetts workers, technological innovation, and the Commonwealth's economy. Read More
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It's Akamai versus the rest of the tech industry in US Supreme Court patent case

In a case closely watched by the high-tech and life sciences industries, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a long-running patent dispute between Web content delivery firm Akamai Technologies Inc. of Cambridge and rival Limelight Networks Inc. of Arizona.

The case has pitted Akamai against a coalition of tech industry power players, led by Google Inc., who are supporting Limelight amid a fear that a win for Akamai would lead to a surge in frivolous patent lawsuits and increase their legal costs.

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