Category: Michael Meurer

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… […]

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 […]

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

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