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IN BRIEF

Patent Wars Turning into Patent Reviews

FEBRUARY 20, 2012

“Google and Yahoo are among companies that are expanding the use of a strategy to fight patent suits that shuns the courtroom in favor of government reviews. The battlefield opened last year when the two Internet giants, hit with a lawsuit demanding royalties by Paul G. Allen’s Interval Licensing, got the case put on hold after asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to scrutinize the patents’ validity.” (Washington Post)

Imagine the wealth that would be freed up if these fights weren’t occurring.

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“How Intellectual Property Hampers the Free Market” by N. Stephan Kinsella

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