Category: James Bessen

Jury to Decide How Much More Samsung Must Pay Apple in Patent Case

November 11th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

New York Times
James Bessen, School of Law

Samsung Electronics lost an important patent battle with Apple last year…

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“This is a judgment based on some of its products, particularly old products. Samsung doesn’t want similar judgments on more recent products as well.”

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No, technology isn’t going to destroy the middle class

October 21st, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Washington Post 0 comments

Washington Post
By James Bessen, School of Law

Is technology killing the middle class?…

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In Battle Against Patent Abuse, Vermont Is Troll Hunting

September 30th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Vermont Public Radio
James Bessen, School of Law

Patent abuse by a shadowy alphabet soup of shell corporations has cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars…

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“This is acting as a tax on R&D.”

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Don’t blame technology for persistent unemployment

September 30th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Slate.com 0 comments

Slate.com
By James Bessen, School of Law

Are machines stealing our jobs?…

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Op-ed: How patent trolls doomed themselves by targeting Main Street

September 12th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

Ars Technica
By James Bessen, School of Law

The patent troll that demanded money from “Webtech,” a Vermont website developer (name changed), was just doing business in the same way trolls have for more than a decade now…

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The patent troll crisis is really a software patent crisis

September 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, Washington Post 0 comments

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

In 1903, a patent attorney named George Selden sued Henry Ford and four other car manufacturers, demanding a royalty on every car sold…

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Tax the patent trolls: Column

July 24th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

USA Today
Co-written by James Bessen, School of Law

When Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents Act on Monday, it marked the seventh Congressional proposal this session to fight the tide of lawsuits filed by “patent trolls” — companies that buy up old patents and sue anyone who might arguably use the technology described therein…

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Has Patent, Will Sue: An Alert to Corporate America

July 13th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, New York Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

New York Times
James Bessen, School of Law

If you’re a corporate executive, this may be one of the last sentences you want to hear:…

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“And only about $6 billion of that money wound up in the hands of inventors. As for the other $23 billion, most of it goes to legal expenses, both for defendants and patent troll companies, with the rest going to operating expenses of the trolls — overhead and marketing — and finally, patent troll company profits. That’s why we call this type of litigation a tax on innovation. It discourages innovation much more than it encourages it.”

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Fixing America’s Patent Problem Means Going Beyond Trolls

June 5th, 2013 in 2013, Business Week, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Business Week
James Bessen, School of Law

The so-called patent troll has become one of the tech industry’s favorite monsters in recent years, and on Tuesday the Obama administration announced it would pick a fight with patent-holding companies that produce nothing but lawsuits…

Expert quote:

“You look at the kinds of patents involved, at rounded corners or bouncing lists, they’re trivial patents that have little value and probably shouldn’t have been issued at all. There’s easily a quarter of a million bad patents out there.”

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Study suggests patent office lowered standards to cope with backlog

April 7th, 2013 in 2013, James Bessen, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Ars Technica
James Bessen, School of Law

When David Kappos announced his resignation as head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) late last year, one of his most touted accomplishments was a significant reduction in the backlog of pending patent applications…

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“The backlog is in patent applications that have been rejected, that should be rejected, but which patent office rules allow to be endlessly refiled. The surge in allowance under Kappos is a sharp change from previous grant rates.”

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