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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
Source:JIPR Vol.12(1) [January 2007]

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