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Professor Mark Lemley's Book Reading and Reception: The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It


November 2, 2009 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Room 190

    An evening with Professor Mark Lemley to discuss his book, The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It.

    5:30 p.m. Reception and book signing in the Faculty Lounge*
    6:30 p.m. Discussion in Room 190
    *Books will be available for purchase on-site


    Patent law is crucial to encourage technological innovation. But as the patent system currently stands, diverse industries from pharmaceuticals to software to semiconductors are all governed by the same rules even though they innovate very differently. The result is a crisis in the patent system, where patents calibrated to the needs of prescription drugs wreak havoc on information technologies and vice versa. According to Dan L. Burk and Mark A. Lemley in The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It, courts should use the tools the patent system already gives them to treat patents in different industries differently. Industry tailoring is the only way to provide an appropriate level of incentive for each industry.

    Burk and Lemley illustrate the barriers to innovation created by the catch-all standards in the current system. Legal tools already present in the patent statute, they contend, offer a solution—courts can tailor patent law, through interpretations and applications, to suit the needs of various types of businesses. The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It will be essential reading for those seeking to understand the nexus of economics, business, and law in the twenty-first century.

    This event is free and open to the public. Registration is now closed.

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    Sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and its Center for Internet and Society.

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