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Patent Failure:
How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk
James Bessen & Michael J. Meurer

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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:

"In Patent Failure, Bessen and Meurer examine the U.S. patent system's current procedural and operational shortcomings. Considering the book's titular promise to reveal the dangers posed by judges, bureaucrats, and lawyers, readers might expect an angry broadside leveled at the entire legal profession. On the contrary, Patent Failure is measured and methodical, a provocative, evidence-based book for the lawyer and entrepreneur alike. The authors are nothing if not reasonable men."--Strategy + Business

"[Patent Failure is] one of the most comprehensive empirical analyses of the patent system that has been performed in decades. Rather than piling up anecdotes of beleaguered innovators and rapacious patent trolls, Bessen and Meurer have done the hard work of collecting detailed data about the patent system. And the findings documented in Patent Failure are sobering."--Timothy B. Lee, ARS Technica

"In keeping with its title, Patent Failure provides a critical assessment of the nation's patent system. The book inevitably leads the reader to ponder the value of patents as property and as gauges of economic growth."--Livinia N. Jones, Centre Daily Times

"All in all, this book's advantage over other titles in the field is that it goes beyond models and theories providing a bright and well documented picture of the real world of the US patent system."--Andrea Filippetti, Research Policy

"It's an excellent book and completely worth reading."--Mike Masnick, Techdirt

ENDORSEMENT:

"This is a pioneering and heroic effort to quantify the ways in which our patent system has failed to live up to its raison d'être: promoting innovation. The book will be controversial. But the authors make a forceful case that deserves to be heard."--Eric Maskin, Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and Nobel Laureate in Economics

"Bessen and Meurer provide a strong, balanced empirical analysis of the real-world effects the U.S. patent system has on our twenty-first century economy. Their book is essential reading for anyone interested in promoting a patent system that truly drives innovation for the U.S. economy."--Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel, Cisco Systems

"Bessen and Meurer's book is grounded in both economics and the real world. It hits the right notes for scholars, lawyers, and policymakers. Timely and important, Patent Failure is the best of the books on patent reform."--Mark Lemley, Stanford University

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