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Patent-Trolling “Intellectual Ventures” Using Over 1,000 Shell Companies

Possibly the worst patent trolls ever. Their business model is to threaten companies into paying them for use of their (often dubious) patents, using shell companies so the action can’t be traced back to them.

Just so we’re clear on Extra Future’s position: Intellectual Ventures is a jackass company run by jackasses. The fact that it exists is an indictment of the problems with the US patent system.

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield Struck from Medical Register in The UK

The man who first “showed” a link between MMR vaccinations and autism in the 90s is finally being dealt with. Good news for children everywhere:

The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.

If you don’t know the backstory, The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield is as good a place to start as any.