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Teslas’s New Patent Policy: Long Live the Patent System!

Teslas’s New Patent Policy: Long Live the Patent System!

In plain English, here’s the deal that Tesla is offering to manufacturers and users of its electrical car technology: in exchange for using Tesla’s patents, the users of Tesla’s patents cannot file patent infringement lawsuits against Tesla if Tesla uses their other patents.

No “Patent Troll” Litigation Problem

No “Patent Troll” Litigation Problem

With the future of innovation at stake, it is not crazy to ask that before we make radical, systemic changes to the patent system that we have validly established empirical evidence that such revisions are in fact necessary or at least would do more good than harm.

He Challenged Us to Think as We Played, Part II

The nation at war in December of 1917 had no time for frivolous things. Perhaps right in their sentiments but wrong in their action, the men in the United States War Department thought it would be unpatriotic for the nation to be celebrating while...

Debates on Patent System Should Focus on Facts, Not Rhetoric

Debates on Patent System Should Focus on Facts, Not Rhetoric

Weakening intellectual property laws due to negative policy rhetoric, hyperbolic internet commentary, and even extensive lobbying by firms who choose to infringe patents because they don’t want to pay the licenses offered to them by patent licensing firms is irresponsible.

The Broken Reporting Causing the “Broken Patent System” Hokum

The Broken Reporting Causing the “Broken Patent System” Hokum

The real problem with this “broken reporting” by Mr. Bilton and his ilk is that it is feeding a growing anti-patent frenzy among commentators, academics, and the public, who seem to think that your smart phones, tablets and other technological marvels just don’t exist because of a so-called “broken patent system” that has stymied software and other high-tech innovation at every turn.

The “Patent Litigation Explosion” Canard

The “Patent Litigation Explosion” Canard

Unfortunately, the complaints today about today’s patent litigation crisis arise more from unchecked intuitions about what feels like a bad situation, from unrealistic assumptions about how much certainty we can achieve in the patent system, and from emotionally-compelling anecdotes about innovators running into trouble with patents.

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