What the Courts Did to Curb Patent Trolling—for Now

Category: James Bessen

What the Courts Did to Curb Patent Trolling—for Now

The Atlantic By James Bessen, School of Law The last decade was a boom time for patent trolls. Their names and lawsuits made the news; This American Life dedicated two hour-long episodes to them. The number of defendants in patent troll lawsuits increased sixfold from 2003 through last year. But now the tides seem to be turning for them: After growing very rapidly since 2009, the number […]

Congress needs to rein in patent trolls

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 […]

Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

Harvard Business Review “HBR Blog Network” By James Bessen, School of Law Every year, the Manpower Group, a human resources consultancy, conducts a worldwide “Talent Shortage Survey.” Last year, 35% of 38,000 employers reported difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent; in the U.S., 39% of employers did. But the idea of a […]