Increased Market Power as a New Secondary Consideration in Patent Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
February 17, 2011
American University Law Review, Vol. 58, 2009
Courts have developed nine non-technical secondary considerations to help juries and judges in patent litigation decide whether a patent meets the crucial statutory requirement of being non-obvious. This article proposes a new, tenth secondary consideration: increased market power. If a patent measurably increases its holders’ market power, that should weigh in favor of finding the patent non-obvious. This new secondary consideration incorporates the predictive benefits of several existing secondary considerations, while increasing the accuracy and availability of evidence for fact-finders to determine whether a patent is non-obvious.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 40
Keywords: patent law, antitrust law, secondary considerations, law and economics
Date posted: February 21, 2011