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Intellectual Property Law

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Selected Works

2014

Robin C Feldman

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Patent Trolling--Why Bio & Pharmaceuticals Are At Risk, Robin C. Feldman, W. Nicholson Price Ii Dec 2013

Patent Trolling--Why Bio & Pharmaceuticals Are At Risk, Robin C. Feldman, W. Nicholson Price Ii

Robin C Feldman

Patent trolls — also known variously as non-practicing entities, patent assertion entities, and patent monetizers — are a top priority on legislative and regulatory reform agendas. In the modern debates, however, the biopharmaceutical industry goes conspicuously unmentioned. Although biopharmaceuticals are paradigmatically centered on patents, conventional wisdom holds that biopharmaceuticals are largely unthreatened by trolls. This article shows that the conventional wisdom is wrong, both theoretically and descriptively. In particular, the article presents a ground-breaking study of the life science holdings of 5 major universities to determine if these might be attractive to monetizers. 

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