The Practicalities and Pitfalls of the Smallest Saleable Patent Practicing Unit Doctrine: A Review of Teece and Sherry

les Nouvelles - Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Volume LI No. 4, December 2016

5 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2016

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Anne Layne-Farrar

Charles River Associates; Northwestern University

Date Written: December 2, 2016

Abstract

Dr. Anne Layne-Farrar reviews a paper by Teece and Sherry who assess the economics of the SSPPU doctrine. She summarizes each argument made in support of the application of SSPPU and evaluates their logical underpinnings. She also discusses the practical difficulties that arise in applying the SSPPU doctrine and discusses the policy implications. Many limitations raised by Teece and Sherry caution against a broad, automatic application of the SSPPU doctrine and suggest and more careful use of the doctrine when it is applied.

Keywords: David Teece; Edward Sherry; smallest saleable patent practicing; unit doctrine; practicalities; pitfalls; papent unit; SSPPU

Suggested Citation

Layne-Farrar, Anne, The Practicalities and Pitfalls of the Smallest Saleable Patent Practicing Unit Doctrine: A Review of Teece and Sherry (December 2, 2016). les Nouvelles - Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Volume LI No. 4, December 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2855148

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