James E. Bessen

Boston University - School of Law

Lecturer in Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

United States

Research on Innovation

Director

202 High Head Rd.

Harpswell, ME 04079

United States

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Scholarly Papers (40)

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Citation 12

The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-45
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 19 Sep 2011 Last Revised: 30 Sep 2012
Boston University - School of Law, Boston University - School of Law and affiliation not provided to SSRN
Downloads 5,458 (950)
Citation 12

Abstract:

patent, litigation, litigation cost, non-practicing entities, software patents

The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls

Regulation, Vol. 34, No. 4, p. 26, Winter 2011-2012
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 10 Jan 2012
Boston University - School of Law, affiliation not provided to SSRN and Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 434 (53,303)
Citation 12

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The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes

99 Cornell L. Rev. 387 (2014), Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-34
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 25 Jun 2012 Last Revised: 27 Mar 2015
James E. Bessen and Michael J. Meurer
Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 5,420 (815)
Citation 1

Abstract:

patent, litigation, litigation cost, non-practicing entities, software patents

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A Generation of Software Patents

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-31, Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2011-04
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 21 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2012
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 3,457 (1,878)
Citation 1

Abstract:

patents, software, software patents, litigation, innovation, startup firms

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Sequential Innovation, Patents, And Imitation

MIT Dept. of Economics Working Paper No. 00-01
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 09 Feb 2000
James E. Bessen and Eric Maskin
Boston University - School of Law and Princeton University - Department of Economics
Downloads 2,340 (4,072)
Citation 88

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The Private Costs of Patent Litigation

Boston University School of Law Working Paper No. 07-08, 2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 02 May 2007 Last Revised: 05 Dec 2014
James E. Bessen and Michael J. Meurer
Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 2,284 (3,920)
Citation 14

Abstract:

patent, litigation, litigation cost, property rights

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The Patent Litigation Explosion

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 05-18
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 26 Oct 2005
James E. Bessen and Michael J. Meurer
Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 1,333 (9,544)
Citation 19

Abstract:

patent, litigation, settlement, licensing, property rights

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The Value of U.S. Patents by Owner and Patent Characteristics

Boston University School of Law Working Paper No. 06-46
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 06 Dec 2006
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 1,322 (9,755)
Citation 24

Abstract:

Technology, patents, innovation, patent value, markets for technology

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Open Source Software: Free Provision Of Complex Public Goods

Number of pages: 25 Posted: 30 Jul 2001
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 1,255 (10,287)
Citation 40

Abstract:

Software, Contracting, Information Goods, Complexity

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Citation 71

An Empirical Look at Software Patents

FRB of Philadelphia Working Paper No. 03-17
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 01 Apr 2004
James E. Bessen and Robert M. Hunt
Boston University - School of Law and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Downloads 1,175 (13,201)
Citation 71

Abstract:

Software Patents Innovation Technological Change

An Empirical Look at Software Patents

Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 157-189, Spring 2007
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 18 Jan 2007
James E. Bessen and Robert M. Hunt
Boston University - School of Law and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Downloads 17 (479,141)
Citation 71
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Patent Thickets: Strategic Patenting of Complex Technologies

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 03 Oct 2002
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 1,125 (11,516)
Citation 18

Abstract:

patents, technological innovation, intellectual property

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Do Patents Perform Like Property?

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 08-08
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 07 Mar 2008
Michael J. Meurer and James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 1,051 (15,004)
Citation 3

Abstract:

patent, property rights, research and development

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Estimates of Patent Rents from Firm Market Value

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 06-14
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 28 Jun 2006 Last Revised: 29 Nov 2014
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 678 (29,302)
Citation 9

Abstract:

technology, patents, innovation, patent value, firm value

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Trends in Private Patent Costs and Rents for Publicly-Traded United States Firms

Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-24, Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 13-24
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 12 Jun 2013 Last Revised: 22 Mar 2015
Boston University - School of Law, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics and University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Economics
Downloads 631 (21,429)

Abstract:

event study, market-value regression, patent, litigation, non-practicing entities, research and development

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Lessons for Patent Policy from Empirical Research on Patent Litigation

Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-27, 2005, Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 05-22
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 18 Nov 2005
Michael J. Meurer and James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 616 (26,748)
Citation 11

Abstract:

patent, litigation, settlement, licensing, property rights

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Waiting for Technology: Path Dependence as a Random Walk

Number of pages: 41 Posted: 08 Nov 1999
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
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From Knowledge to Ideas: The Two Faces of Innovation

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 10-35
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 28 Oct 2010 Last Revised: 31 Aug 2012
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 381 (57,233)
Citation 2

Abstract:

technology, knowledge, diffusion, spillovers, human capital, information good

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Knowledge Sharing Among Inventors: Some Historical Perspectives

REVOLUTIONIZING INNOVATION: USERS, COMMUNITIES AND OPEN INNOVATION, MIT Press, 2012, Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-51, LEM Working Paper 2011/21
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 15 Oct 2011 Last Revised: 04 Oct 2013
James E. Bessen and Alessandro Nuvolari
Boston University - School of Law and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM)
Downloads 337 (58,073)

Abstract:

technological change, knowledge sharing, collective invention, patents

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Productivity Adjustments and Learning-by-Doing as Human Capital

CES Bureau of the Census WP 97-17
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 05 Jan 1998
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
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Citation 6

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Imperfect Property Rights

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 09-46
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 19 Oct 2009
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 309 (71,357)
Citation 2

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property, markets, externalities, contract enforcement, regulation

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Evaluating the Economic Performance of Property Systems

Boston University School of Law Working Paper No. 09-30
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 02 Jul 2009 Last Revised: 17 Nov 2009
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 263 (91,860)
Citation 1

Abstract:

property, markets, externalities, regulation

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Hold-up and Patent Licensing of Cumulative Innovations with Private Information

Number of pages: 25 Posted: 14 Mar 2002
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 248 (97,885)
Citation 9

Abstract:

Patents, licensing, innovation, intellectual property

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More Machines, Better Machines...Or Better Workers?

Number of pages: 49 Posted: 11 Nov 2008 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2015
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 246 (82,944)
Citation 4

Abstract:

technical change, productivity growth, technical bias, innovation, US manufacturing history, general purpose technologies

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Of Patents and Property

Regulation, Vol. 31, No. 4, Winter 2008-2009, Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 09-18
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 20 Feb 2009
James E. Bessen and Michael J. Meurer
Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 237 (99,936)
Citation 3

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property, intellectual property, property rights, patent, property law, patent law, Industrial Revolution, economic growth, natural economic experiments, Eastern European economies, Eastern European transition, free-riders, generic drug

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Citation 10

Patents and the Diffusion of Technical Information

Number of pages: 14 Posted: 16 Mar 2004
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 230 (109,846)
Citation 10

Abstract:

Patents, innovation, diffusion, trade secrecy

Patents and the Diffusion of Technical Information

Economics Letters, Vol. 86, No. 1, pp. 121-128, January 2005
Posted: 18 Jan 2005
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law

Abstract:

Patents, innovation, diffusion, trade secrecy

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Brief of Amici Curiae Law, Business, and Economics Scholars in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, No. 13-298

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 14-11
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 27 Feb 2014
New York University School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law
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Make the Patent 'Polluters' Pay: Using Pigovian Fees to Curb Patent Abuse

California Law Review Circuit, Vol. 4, p. 84, 2013, Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-13
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 11 Jun 2013 Last Revised: 25 May 2014
James E. Bessen and Brian J. Love
Boston University - School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Downloads 180 (117,872)
Citation 1

Abstract:

patent troll, NPE, PAE, PME, patent reform, maintenance fees, Pigovian tax, patent fees

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Was Mechanization De-Skilling? The Origins of Task-Biased Technical Change

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 11-13
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 25 Mar 2011 Last Revised: 31 Jan 2012
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 180 (111,662)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Skill-Biased Technical Change, Technology, Engineering Production Function, Mechanization, Human Capital, Wage Inequality, Learning-by-Doing

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Accounting for Productivity Growth When Technical Change is Biased

Research on Innovation Working Paper No. 0802
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 06 Feb 2009 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2015
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 177 (120,656)

Abstract:

technical change, productivity growth, technical bias, innovation

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A Comment on 'Do Patents Facilitate Financing in the Software Industry?'

Boston Univ. School of Law Working Paper No. 06-13
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 28 Jun 2006
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 140 (163,463)
Citation 3

Abstract:

Software, Patents, Startups, Innovation, Venture Capital

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The Skills of the Unskilled in the American Industrial Revolution

Research on Innovation Working Paper
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 08 Nov 2000
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 136 (158,896)

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Discovery, Learning and Adoption of New Techniques: Choosing Specialization to Optimize Technical Progress

Number of pages: 26 Posted: 07 May 1998
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
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New Plants as Natural Experiments in Economic Adjustment: Adjustment Costs, Learning-By-Doing and Lumpy Investment

Number of pages: 38 Posted: 19 Jan 2000
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 108 (206,999)
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Which Patent Systems are Better for Inventors?

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 14-50
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 19 Sep 2014
James E. Bessen and Grid Thoma
Boston University - School of Law and University of Camerino
Downloads 101 (179,166)

Abstract:

patents, international treaties, technological change

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Diffusing New Technology Without Dissipating Rents: Some Historical Case Studies of Knowledge Sharing

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 14-18
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 07 May 2014
James E. Bessen and Alessandro Nuvolari
Boston University - School of Law and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM)
Downloads 97 (165,401)

Abstract:

technological change, technology diffusion, knowledge sharing, collective invention, patents

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Automation and Jobs: When Technology Boosts Employment

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 17-09
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 18 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 14 Apr 2017
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 0 (82,605)

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Automation, technical change, sectoral growth, labor demand, manufacturing, computer technology, deindustrialization

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Information Technology and Learning On-the-Job

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 16-47
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 10 Nov 2016
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 0 (308,983)

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information technology, skills, human capital, wage inequality

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Accounting for Rising Corporate Profits: Intangibles or Regulatory Rents?

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 16-18
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 11 May 2016 Last Revised: 10 Nov 2016
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 0 (16,499)

Abstract:

Regulation, intangibles, economic rents

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How Computer Automation Affects Occupations: Technology, Jobs, and Skills

Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 15-49
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 15 Nov 2015 Last Revised: 04 Oct 2016
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law
Downloads 0 (1,529)

Abstract:

technology, automation, human capital, job polarization, occupations, wage inequality

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Patent Litigation with Endogenous Disputes

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship
Posted: 04 Nov 2009
James E. Bessen and Michael J. Meurer
Boston University - School of Law and Boston University - School of Law

Abstract:

Patent infringements, Patent law, Patent litigation, Patents, Intellectual property, Licenses, Litigation

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Holdup and Licensing of Cumulative Innovations with Private Information

Economics Letters, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp. 321-26, 2004
Posted: 16 Mar 2004
James E. Bessen
Boston University - School of Law

Abstract:

Patents, licensing, innovation, intellectual property

Other Papers (1)

Total Downloads: 46    Citations: 0
1.

Tax the Patent Trolls

USA Today, July 24, 2013
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 15 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 05 Jun 2015
James E. Bessen and Brian J. Love
Boston University - School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law
Downloads 35

Abstract:

patent troll, PAE, NPE, PME, renewal fees, maintenance fees, patent reform