“‘The question is, will the universities maintain their positions as good stewards (of taxpayer money), or are they going to be drawn towards behaving more like trolls? I think we’re at a turning point,’ said Robin Feldman, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law.
“A new study by UC prof Feldman and Stanford Law School’s Mark Lemley surveying 181 in-house company lawyers found that when a patent owner, whether a troll or a university, demanded the company take a license to its patents, it rarely led to new products or other kinds of innovation, such as joint ventures.”
“The study, to be published later this year in the Iowa Law Review, acknowledged that universities generate a large number of new inventions, and strike deals with companies better able to bring ideas to market. But in most cases, it is the technology that is being sold, often before a patent is granted or an application for one is even filed.”
“‘The more recent university practice of suing or demanding licenses from existing companies appears much less likely to be driving innovation,’ the authors said.”
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