White Paper Proposal #2 on Patent Reform


This week I want to investigate patents from the lens of the businesses, using companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google as examples.  I want to discuss why these companies do or don’t want further patent reform, and how they abuse or lose out because of the current system. Critics of the current intellectual-property laws believe the US Patent and Trademark Office allows for too many patents which clogs the courts.

Many have heard about the Apple-Samsung case and outcome regarding patents on phones and tablets. As a business, it is in Apple’s best interest to run Androids and tablets off the market. They should do this in any way they can, using all of their resources. While part of that is making a better product, there is also no problem with them taking advantage of the system. Apple should not be looked at as the bad guy; they are just using the current patent system to their advantage.

Many companies believe that the back and forth patent wars over broad and abstract concepts stifles innovation. The more time spent in courtrooms and deliberating over whether a concept can be put to use means less time will be spent producing new and improved products for society and its consumers. Companies like Google have become archrivals with Apple since they launched their own mobile operating system. Now, patent battles have become more prevalent between the two.

I plan on going more in depth on how companies like Apple take advantage of the current patent system, and its overall effect on the business world and competition within it. After looking into this overall effect, and understanding strategy as well as the qualms with the whole patent process through the lens of businesses, I’d like to assess whether further patent reform is a necessity or not.

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2 thoughts on “White Paper Proposal #2 on Patent Reform

  1. FWIW, this is a deeply anti-Kantian statement: “While part of that is making a better product, there is also no problem with them taking advantage of the system.”

    If a company uses, or even worse, changes the legal system so as to destroy its competition through changing the rules of the game, then they should expect the same in return, rationally. Such a generalized principle in the best case begs for profound corruption of government. In the worst case it creates monopolies or a collapse of capitalism.

    Just saying.

  2. Why not find what some of these companies are saying about patent reform?

    Did you look for Apple or Samsung press releases on the court case? For the briefs they filed with the court?

    This search on google: patent reform policy innovation business groups

    Led to this site: http://www.patentfairness.org/media/press/

    Which has a long list of firms that are on their side. Patentfairness, as it claims to represent business directly, is probably already a business source for our class.

    I then googled this: adobe systems press patent reform trying to find a statement from adobe.

    But I found this op-ed (different from a Forbes article which I call society). As an op-ed, we can assume it reflects a trade group’s view.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/garyshapiro/2011/04/06/to-restore-innovation-reform-the-patent-system/

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