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Patent Strategies: The Patent Landscape
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Core to understanding the patent business is an appreciation of the nature of patents. A patent is a weapon of litigation, a right to ask a court to award damages for infringement, and prevent future infringement by blocking the sale of infringing products. Although inventors often prize their patents as trophies of technical prowess, patent industry insiders appreciate that the only substantive right a patent holder enjoys is the right to exclude others from unauthorized practicing of the invention. A patent is more of a dagger than a shield.

  • Video ~ Patent Wars, New Kind of Competition
This video looks at patent laws and whether they are encouraging or hindering the advance of science and innovation.

  • Video ~ Mark Lemley Perspectives ~ Part 1

  • Video ~ Mark Lemley Perspectives ~ Part 2

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