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Wozniak Not Alone In Fearing Patent Wars

Publication Date: 
April 17, 2012
Financial Review
Brian Corrigan

Professor Mark Lemley's academic work is mentioned in the following article by Brian Corrigan of the Financial Review.

Whereas one might imagine the high-stakes battle for supremacy in the technology industry being won and lost in the research laboratory, it is increasingly looking like a crack team of lawyers beats a battery of boffins every time.

Patents have become a crucial strategic weapon in skirmishes between technology giants including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung Electronics as they battle for control of lucrative smartphone and tablet computer markets.


So is the patent system broken? A number of commentators have written books on the subject in recent year including The Patent Crisis and How Courts Can Fix It by Dan Burk and Mark Lemley (2009) and Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What to Do About It by Adam Jaffe and Josh Lerner (2008).