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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    Sanguine Dream, 22 May 2007 @ 7:13am

    So...

    in one breath people say that the current state of patent law is fostering research and innovation but in the next breath we see people with scientific backgrounds (perhaps even minoring in a field of science) going to law shcool in order to become patent attornies.

    Kinda reminds me of the old dot com days when a "company" consisted of a small group of people that would patent something obvious (and that someone else would likely develop in the near future) then hire a small group of lawyers to actively search for anyone that may infringe on it. No research, no development, no product. Just some guys with a team of lawyer defending a patent they weren't working on.

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