Category: James Bessen

A third of the economy is at stake — and patent trolls are to blame

Washington Post By James Bessen, School of Law By Michael Meurer, School of Law Patent lawsuits have become a big business. Over six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980, and businesses of all sorts have become vocal about the burden of undeserved lawsuits, many over vague or overreaching software patents… […]

With Patent Litigation Surging, Creators Turn to Washington for Help

New York Times (subscription required) James Bessen, School of Law Patent law — famously arcane and technical — is becoming a mainstream, even bipartisan issue in Congress… Expert quote: “The litigation problem got worse, and it spread into mainstream America. That’s why we’re seeing this now, only four years after we had major patent reform […]