[Discussioni] link: Patents Don't Pay

Pedaletti Paolo paolo.pedaletti a openlabs.it
Lun 16 Lug 2007 13:57:46 CEST



Patents Don't Pay
Posted by kdawson on Sunday July 15, @05:07PM
from the crunching-the-numbers dept.
tarball_tinkerbell sends us to the NY Times for word on a book due out
next year that claims that beginning in the late 1990s, on average
patents cost companies more than they earned them. A big exception was
pharmaceuticals, which accounted for 2/3 of the revenues attributable to
patents. The authors of the book Do Patents Work? (synopsis and sample
chapters), James Bessen and Michael J. Meurer of the Boston University
School of Law, have crunched the numbers and say that, especially in the
IT industry, patents no longer make economic sense. Their views are less
radical than those of a pair of Washington University at St. Louis
economists who argue that the patent system should be abolished



/* Paolo Pedaletti, GPG key = F54ED76E
 * paolo.pedaletti a openlabs.it  www.openlabs.it */

More information about the discussioni mailing list