Landslide: The End of Collaborative Innovation: Is the Erosion of Patent Rights Threatening Open Innovation? by March Ehrlich and Richard Ludwin
This post originally appeared in Landslide on October 1, 2018.
These are heady times for some intellectual property (IP) advocates in technology and academia. A coalition of like-minded parties has leveraged the misdeeds of certain nonpracticing entities (pejoratively referred to as patent trolls) to successfully bring about a significant erosion in the strength of U.S. patents. Many of the voices in this part of the IP community argue that a broken U.S. patent system threatens open intercompany collaborative innovation, the engine that has generated the dizzying panoply of technological innovations we have seen in the last few decades.