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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    shut up angry dude, 22 May 2007 @ 2:10pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    First off, do you even know Mike?

    Second, angry dude just likes making things out of his erecter set and calling it an invention. Then patents it and makes a quick buck.

    If the patent system is encouraging people to invent things then why are there so few inventors relative to the American public. Why did HP hire a bunch of scientists to search for patent infringements.

    To me it seems that the patents are causing less innovation. For example, why is Microsoft so upset over 200 something patents when they control over 90% of the computer market and they are the biggest corporation in the world.

    I'm also pretty sure that its against the law in China to copy and sell anything you want. In fact there punishment is worse than here in the US.

    So how about you go home, get that stick out of your ass, do some research and post your reply with valid answers and proof rather than babble like a 10 year old jackass.

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