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The Patent Litigation Explosion

  • James Bessen

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    (Research on Innovation, Boston University School of Law)

  • Michael J. Meurer

This paper provides the first look at patent litigation hazards for public firms during the 80s and 90s. Consistent with our model, litigation is more likely when prospective defendants spend more on R&D, when prospective plaintiffs acquire more patents and when firms are larger and technologically close. Public firms face dramatically increased hazards of litigation as plaintiffs and even more rapidly increasing hazards as defendants, especially for small public firms. The increase cannot be explained by patenting rates, R&D, firm value or industry composition. Legal changes are the most likely explanation.

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Paper provided by Research on Innovation in its series Working Papers with number 0501.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:roi:wpaper:0501
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