Forget Actual Research; Suing Over Patents Much More Lucrative For Scientists

from the wonderful dept

Last year we wrote about how HP was hiring a bunch of scientists, not to work on the new and better products -- but in order to study competitor's products for potential patent infringement. Now, a new article is highlighting how many people with training to become scientists are shifting their focus and heading off to law school to become patent attorneys instead -- and the big IP law firms are paying exceptionally well for law graduates with science backgrounds. Consider this yet another unintended consequence of our screwed up patent system: it's now much more lucrative for those with an interest in science to focus on patent infringement lawsuits than on actual innovation. Of course, considering how many scientific researchers claim that their research is stymied due to fears over patent infringement, perhaps it's no wonder that many are figuring that's a better field to go into.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 May 2007 @ 10:52am


    > And I've never seen a patent infringement case brought against some research project

    Who do we believe? The research project that found the chilling effects, or angry dude's personal experience? Gee, that's a tough one....

    > And yes, patents DO encourage innovation AND public disclosure of R&D results in the first place, by providing incentives in the form of a limited time exclusivity.

    You can say it 1000 times and it doesn't make it true. If you bothered to actually read tech dirt instead of spewing, you might see plenty of evidence that this is not true.

    As for the disclosure issue:

    > Without patents nobody other than the government would invest any money in research

    Mike has pointed to research showing this isn't true, specifically in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Where's your research.

    > What is so difficult to understand here, my little retarded friend ?

    I might ask you the same. Mike keeps pointing to research that supports his position. Your response seems to be "wah, wah wah, I know patents are good so shut up!!"

    Which is more believable?

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