Michael Meurer

Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar, Professor of Law

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S.B. in Economics and Interdisciplinary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Minnesota

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The son of an economics professor, Michael Meurer knew by the time he was 13 that he, too, wanted to teach at the university level. An S.B., J.D. and Ph.D. later, he became an economics professor at Duke University and later a law professor at the University of Buffalo. He came to Boston University School of Law… Read more

The son of an economics professor, Michael Meurer knew by the time he was 13 that he, too, wanted to teach at the university level. An S.B., J.D. and Ph.D. later, he became an economics professor at Duke University and later a law professor at the University of Buffalo. He came to Boston University School of Law in 1999, where he has taught courses in patents, intellectual property and public policy toward the high-tech industry. “It’s a special privilege to be able to speak three times a week to an attentive and thoughtful audience,” he says.

Professor Meurer has received several grants and fellowships, including two grants from the Pew Charitable Trust, a Ford Foundation grant, an Olin Faculty Fellowship at Yale Law School and a postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Labs. He has served as an expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission on a merger case presenting issues related to patent licensing. He also has consulted with government officials from developing countries about antitrust law, and taught short courses in American intellectual property law at the law faculties of the University of Victoria and the National University of Singapore. “I’m excited by the prospect of having a positive influence on American technology law and policy,” Professor Meurer says. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and watching basketball.

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  • Congress needs to rein in patent trolls

    November 4, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) By Michael Meurer, School of Law and James Bessen, School of Law Both the White House and congressional leaders have been vocal in their support for reforming the US patent system to rein in “patent trolls.” Trolls are firms with no interest in innovation or technology transfer; they hold patents to […]

  • Analysis: patent trolls target wind power

    August 7, 2014

    Wind Power Monthly James Bessen, School of Law Michael Meurer, School of Law One of the biggest “patent trolls” is moving into American wind technology for the first time. Intellectual Ventures (IV) of Bellevue, Washington has quietly applied for at least five high-quality and widely applicable patents for reducing noise and bird strikes at utility-scale […]

  • Money for Nothing: How to Stop ‘Patent Trolls’ From Stifling Innovation

    June 9, 2014

    Business Week James Bessen, School of Law Michael Meurer, School of Law When it comes to smothering good ideas, no group does it better than the so-called patent trolls, also known by more flattering euphemisms as “patent assertion entities,” “nonproduct entities,” and “nonpracticing entities.”… View full article referencing expert James Bessen and Michael Meurer

  • Groklaw news website abandoned over US surveillance

    August 20, 2013

    BBC News Michael Meurer, School of Law An award-winning legal news website has stopped work, saying it cannot operate under current US surveillance policies…. Expert quote: “I’m saddened to hear about the demise of Groklaw. It has been a great source for information about the latest developments in technology law and policy. Several of my […]

  • How patent trolling went mainstream

    June 5, 2013

    Washington Post Michael Meurer, School of Law Last year, small companies began receiving threatening letters from firms with inscrutable names, such as AdzPro LLC, AllLed LLC and GosNel LLC… Expert quote: “The most basic problem when I look at a patent is that I don’t know who owns it. When I get a demand letter […]

  • Patent Trolls in Public

    March 19, 2013

    Patently-O By James Bessen, School of Law and Michael Meurer, School of Law As Congress considers the SHIELD Act, it is helpful to review some of the empirical evidence on the economics Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs)… View full article

  • Eradicating patent trolls

    December 10, 2012

    The Hill James Bessen, School of Law Michael Meurer, School of Law One of the critical obstacles to our innovation economy are patent trolls or Patent Assertion Entities (“PAE”) which acquire patents simply to bring patent litigation and effectively tax innovation… View article

  • Apple and Samsung return to patent fray

    December 2, 2012

    Financial Times (subscription required) Michael Meurer, School of Law Apple and Samsung will once again square up over rounded corners and other elements of smartphone design, as a US judge considers whether to overturn or enlarge the $1bn verdict against the South Korean group… View article

  • Olympus gives in, settles with Intellectual Ventures

    November 8, 2012

    CNET News Michael Meurer, School of Law Intellectual Ventures, the giant patent-holding company that’s become synonymous with the term “patent troll,” says it has settled a contentious infringement suit with camera-maker Olympus… View article

  • Apple’s Samsung Victory Shows Patents Aren’t Just For Inventions Any More

    August 27, 2012

    Forbes Michael Meurer, School of Law Apple‘s resounding courtroom victory over Samsung doesn’t just mean a tougher road ahead for companies that want to clone the popular iPhone… View article

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