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Mossoff Participates in Federalist Society Conference on Patents

On December 2, 2014, Professor Adam Mossoff participated in a Federalist Society conference on “Patents and Innovation: Addressing Current Issues” at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

In a program on “Balancing Patent Rights and Litigation Abuses,” Mossoff joined a discussion on legislation targeting non-practicing entities, or “patent trolls.” An article in PCWorld reported on the event.

Excerpt:

Problems with the U.S. patent system and lawsuits by patent holding firms, or nonpracticing entities, appear to be exaggerated, said Adam Mossoff, a law professor focused on intellectual property at George Mason University in Virginia.

In recent years, less than 2 percent of patents ended up in litigation, holding steady with long-term historical trends, Mossoff said. There is no “explosion” of patent infringement lawsuits, and studies suggesting the cost of patent lawsuits run into the tens of billions of dollars a year are “entirely made up,” he said.

Conservative lawyers question need for patent troll legislation, PCWorld, December 2, 2014. By Grant Gross.