Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk. Bessen, J. and Meurer, M. J. Princeton University Press.
Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk [link]Paper  abstract   bibtex   
Presenting a wide range of empirical evidence from history, law, and economics, this text is an authoritative and comprehensive look at the economic performance of patents. It asks whether patents work well as property rights, and, if not, what institutional and legal reforms are necessary to make the patent system more effective.
@book{bessenPatentFailureHow2008,
  title = {Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk},
  author = {Bessen, James and Meurer, Michael J.},
  date = {2008},
  publisher = {{Princeton University Press}},
  url = {http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/069113491},
  abstract = {Presenting a wide range of empirical evidence from history, law, and economics, this text is an authoritative and comprehensive look at the economic performance of patents. It asks whether patents work well as property rights, and, if not, what institutional and legal reforms are necessary to make the patent system more effective.},
  isbn = {069113491},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-11618007,constrained-innovation,freedom,knowledge-freedom,software-patents}
}
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