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April 18, 2008


Peter Detkin of Intellectual Ventures, at an IP Symposium in San Jose this week: "Small inventors, defined as those entities that have less than 500 employees, are responsible for 60% of US patents, while the remaining 40% are granted to large companies. On the other hand, large companies collect over 90% of revenues derived from patents, while small companies are left with the 'crumbs'."

Posted by Patent Hawk at April 18, 2008 4:32 PM | Patents In Business


And this should surprise us? Why? Is it unfair? Why?

Large companies tend to have their own patent staffs, and have been in the field ususally a long time. They can tell a practical application/invention over a pie-in-the-sky invention, one which they can practice, as opposed to one which, in the case of a small entity, they will need to sell or license to obtain any benefit.

Posted by: bierbelly at April 21, 2008 9:07 AM