Vanquishing the 'Patent Trolls'

5 (5) Journal of International Biotechnology Law 102-104

Posted: 5 Jan 2016

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Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Date Written: January 1, 2008


Patent law provides exclusive rights to exploit scientific inventions, which are novel, inventive, and useful. The regime is intended to promote innovation, investment in research and development, and access to scientific information.

In recent times, there have been concerns that the patent system has been abused by opportunistic companies known by the phrase "patent trolls." It has been alleged that such entities have stunted innovation and spurred unnecessary patent litigation.

Adam Jaffe and Josh Lerner discuss such pathologies of patent law in their book, Innovation and Its Discontents: How our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What To Do About It. James Bessen and Michael Meurer have addressed such concerns in their recent text, Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk.

There have been particular fears about the rise of "patent trolls" in the field of information technology. Peter Dekin, an assistant general counsel at Intel, used the phrase "patent troll" to describe firms, which acquired patents only to extract settlements from companies on dubious infringement claims.

Keywords: Patent Law, Patent Infringement, Patent Trolls, Patent Law Reform, Patent-Busting, Patent Opposition

Suggested Citation

Rimmer, Matthew, Vanquishing the 'Patent Trolls' (January 1, 2008). 5 (5) Journal of International Biotechnology Law 102-104, Available at SSRN:

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