Intellectual Ventures' Response To This American Life: Oh Those Crazy Reporters Don't Understand Disruption
from the that's-it? dept
But they don't.
The entirety of the blog post can be summed up in IV basically saying "we're just too damn disruptive for those silly NPR reporters to understand us." But they don't refute or respond to a single allegation from the report. Instead, they just use the word "disrupt" (or disruptive/disruption/disrupting) five times in a short blog post. If they truly believe that it's just that their business is "disruptive," then they could perhaps explain why IV patents of extremely questionable quality are being used to pressure tons of companies into paying large sums of money. But... that goes ignored.
There's also this:
The recent story on “This American Life” dramatically portrays the point of view that patents have a negative impact on innovation. We at Intellectual Ventures fundamentally disagree with that notion, which flies in the face of centuries of evidence.This is false. Dozens of studies on the history of the patent system have shown that patents have a negative impact on innovation. It's kind of funny that IV would claim otherwise. We've highlighted many of those studies in the past, and Bessen and Meurer have a whole book that discusses many of those studies. It seems that, once again, IV thinks that as long as it sticks to the party line it can get away with its shameful business practices.