This book is the single most illuminating book on the U.S. patent system. It is unbiased, well-written, and only 200 pages. It is written by two economists whose only purpose is to explain — not to impress the reader with their cleverness or to further an agenda.
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“Our work is based on the concept of protecting freedom from illegimate restraint.The patents we seek to have the Patent Office reexamine are those that have a chilling effect on some conduct that would otherwise be permissible.”
Profiles of PubPat Executive Director Dan Ravicher:
A ‘Robin Hood’ declares wars on lucrative U.S. patents. Science 309;1319-20.
“Modernization and reform of the current patent system will spur job creation by allowing American businesses to focus on innovation instead of unjustified patent litigation.”
“An industry has developed in which firms use patents not as a basis for producing and selling goods but, instead, primarily for obtaining licensing fees” – Supreme Court Justice Kennedy (Ebay v. Mercantile).
"To reduce the barriers to affordable healthcare and to educate the public about the effects of intellectual property laws on the availability of healthcare for all."
"Now some patent holders have begun to set their sights on the new class of technology users – small organizations and individuals who cannot afford to retain lawyers. Faced with million-dollar legal demands, they have no choice but to capitulate and pay license fees – fees that often fund more threat letters and lawsuits."
The quality of patents issued has reduced over the past decade, especially in the software and business method areas. These low quality patents discourage innovation because follow on inventors will not innovate based on a technology covered by a patent. Because certain key courts tend to favor patent owners in litigation, many competitors license these patents rather than challenge them, thus unfairly raising the cost of products containing these patents.