The “productivity” of patent brainstorming

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January 4, 2012
Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  
Posted in Commentary

"What you do is you get 5-10 engineers to sit around a coffee table, and they are led by a 'facilitor' (often a patent attorney). They talk about what they’ve been working on, and try to find little twists or aspects of a design that they can file a patent on. Or, they’ll sift thru a bunch of patents in an area that competitors are practicing in, and just brainstorm, thinking of things they can file patents on. Not because they intend to use these ideas. But just to build up a thicket of patents that they can use against another company, either defensively (i.e., a countersuit if the competitor sues them); or to extract royalties or to squelch competition." (01/04/12)  


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