Category: James Bessen

History Backs Up Tesla’s Patent Sharing

June 13th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Harvard Business Review “HBR Blog Network”
By James Bessen, School of Law

Yesterday, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, the electric car company, announced that Tesla would make its patents freely available to competitors. To many people this announcement seemed surprising if not shocking…

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

June 9th, 2014 in 2014, Business Week, James Bessen, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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.”…

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States Revise Laws to Curb ‘Patent Trolls’

May 21st, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
James Bessen, School of Law

States are rewriting their laws to make it more difficult for so-called “patent trolls” to pursue small businesses over questionable patent claims…

Expert quote:

“The vast majority of these lawsuits are from bottom-feeders that send out letters to all sorts of small companies.”

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The Lesson of the Power Loom

May 21st, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law, Slate.com 0 comments

Slate
By James Bessen, School of Law

Much of today’s technology is powered by software that developers share freely. The leading Web server software (Apache), the leading smartphone operating system (Android), and most of the code of the leading Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox) are open source…

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In Pursuit of Knowledge, and Profit

May 8th, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law, Slate.com 0 comments

Slate
James Bessen, School of Law

A few weeks ago, administrators at Penn State University did something they believed had never been attempted in American academia: The school put about 70 engineering patents up for auction and tried to sell them to the highest bidder…

Expert quote:

“The universities aren’t acting as trolls themselves, but they’re licensing their technology to trolls.”

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Apple demands $2 billion from Samsung as patent infringement battle resumes in court

April 1st, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Tech Times
James Bessen, School of Law

The two Goliaths of mobile technology are at war again. It makes one wonder if it will even stop, or will any of them even get tired of suing each other…

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Apple’s War on Samsung Has Google in Crossfire

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, James Bessen, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

New York Times
James Bessen, School of Law

Officially, it’s Apple versus Samsung Electronics in another tech patent face-off in a San Jose courtroom this week. But there is another company with a lot at stake in the case — Google…

Expert quote:

“To kill Android with a half-dozen patents just seems like a long shot.”

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Some predict computers will produce a jobless future. Here’s why they’re wrong

February 18th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Washington Post “The Switch Blog”
By James Bessen, School of Law

Will “smart machines” steal our jobs? With America suffering through its sixth straight year of anemic job growth, worries about long-term unemployment are in vogue. Thinkers such as Tyler Cowen and Kevin Drum believe that the problems will get even worse in the coming decades: As information technology allows the automation of more and more middle-class jobs, fewer workers will be able to find work…

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Patent trolling was up 11 percent last year

January 31st, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post 0 comments

Washington Post “The Switch Blog”
By James Bessen, School of Law

Is there a patent troll crisis? Conventional wisdom holds that there is. But a notable dissenter is David Kappos, who headed the United States Patent Office from 2009 to 2013…

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Will robots steal our jobs? The humble loom suggests not

January 26th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Washington Post “The Swtich Blog”
By James Bessen, School of Law

Two hundred years ago the Industrial Revolution came to America on the banks of the Charles River in Waltham, Mass., where in 1814, the Boston Manufacturing Company built the first integrated textile mill…

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