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Title: Patent Systems: More Easily Faulted Than Fixed
Authors: Field, Thomas G, Jr
Keywords: Innovation;Patent critics;Patent reform;Invalid patents;Patent examination cost;Patent litigation cost;Patent courts;Comparative roles of judge and juror;Patent infringement;Patent remedies;Patent thicket;Patent troll;Doctrine of equivalents;Obviousness
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The US patent system has been the subject of three recent, generally critical studies. One, particularly uncomplimentary, primarily faults a changed source of funds for patent examination and creation of a court that, aside from the Supreme Court, has exclusive jurisdiction to consider patent appeals, both administrative and judicial. This paper explains why neither criticism is well taken. It also analyses reactions of the US Congress and Supreme Court to allegedly new problems caused by so-called patent thickets and patent trolls.
Page(s): 129-141
ISSN: 0971-5544
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.12(1) [January 2007]

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