Patents are supposed to promote innovation. But in the world of software and the Internet, they're having precisely the opposite effect.
Tech companies are spending billions of dollars to buy up patents — not to drive innovation, but to defend themselves from potential lawsuits. There's a legal war on in Silicon Valley, and patents are the weapons.
We talked about this issue recently on This American Life and All Things Considered. On today's podcast, we ask: How much is the patent war costing us? And what does it mean for innovation in America?
For answers, we talk to Jim Bessen, an entrepreneur and researcher, and Eric Maskin, a Nobel-prize-winning-economist.
Listen to the stories from This American Life and All Things Considered.
Read the studies we talk about on today's show: The Private Costs of Patent Litigation and "Sequential Innovation, Patents & Imitation.
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