Last Chance To Help With Some Research On The Impact Of Patent Trolls

from the go-for-it dept

A few weeks ago, we wrote about some research being done by Colleen Chien, a law professor, concerning the impact of patent trolls on startups and tech companies. If you represent a tech company which has had to deal with patent trolls, please take a few minutes to answer these survey questions. The research results that come out of this should be quite helpful in understanding the impact of trolls on innovative startups.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Aug 2012 @ 8:19pm


    That is one of the standard defences of the patent system. The theory is that if inventors can sell their patents, then that is the only way for inventors, who do not have deep enough pockets to engage in patent litigation, to profit from their inventions, thereby helping those inventors to keep on inventing. That argument is actually sound. However, it does not address the biggest problem of the patent system, the low quality of nearly all patents, that is, the junk patent problem.

    The patent system cannot be defeated by focusing on bits of it which are not broken, such as the ability to buy and sell patents. Pay attention to the real problems.

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