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Mossoff Files Amicus Brief Explaining that Patents are Private Property Rights, Not Public Grants of Privilege

On February 29, 2016, Professor Adam Mossoff filed an amicus brief in Cooper v. Lee asking the Supreme Court to take the case and to reaffirm that patents are private property rights, not public grants of special privileges.

Professor Adam Mossoff
Professor Adam Mossoff

Traversing case law dating back to the early nineteenth century, Professor Mossoff argues that the holdings of the courts below that patent rights are “public rights” contradict “numerous, longstanding, and binding decisions” of the Supreme Court that “patents are private property rights that are secured under the Constitution.”

Professor Mossoff is Co-Director of Academic Programs and a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property.