No, Dorothy, patents aren’t always good for you

24Jul10

Both benefits and drawbacks in the filing of patents

But are patents always good? Can patenting always act as the silver bullet in effectively protecting novel and useful inventions against imitation and infringement across different industries and intellectual property regimes?

Extensive research studies – including those I have published with Professor Fiona Murray at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – have found that the answer is unfortunately, but not surprisingly, ‘no’. Patents are simply not always good and effective.

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