Patent non-aggression pacts: a way forward for technological innovation?
19 February 2014
*** White Paper now available ***
Patents have proven useful in protecting innovation by ensuring fair revenue to inventors in exchange for public disclosure. The current system, however, has led to a number of abuses in the field of technology which are harming innovation in a significant manner. So-called ‘patent trolls’, companies whose business model consists in buying up patents with the sole aim of taking anyone who infringes them to court, have grown exponentially, particularly in the US where they are increasingly seen as a major problem.