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September 2, 2012

Another Club

"Patents have become another club to wield in court to pound your foes into submission," opines San Jose Mercury News columnist Chris O'Brien. It would have been an thoughtful statement in 1800, but it's a stale sentiment now. Yet O'Brien must pound the corporate tom-tom: that patents in the hands of inventors are "a drain" on the economy, "a tax." No such outcry met Apple's lopsided patent thrashing of Samsung, where a jury went tribal against a foreign conglomerate. "The Apple lawyers were better at presenting their case," said a juror in the Apple-Samsung matter. "I had an open mind but most of the time was on the Apple side." Denial of bias is exceedingly common, though a tad atypical in being so openly admitted in a single sentence.

Posted by Patent Hawk at September 2, 2012 7:48 PM | The Patent System