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Historically confused? Google’s lawyer accuses Microsoft of abusing the patent system

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Yet his arguments (especially about the era of steam traction innovations) are historically inaccurate. History suggests that early 19th century (and even late 18th century) patent blocking and inventing around were typical practices. Indeed the fact is that there is nothing new under the sun…just different players – read Machlup, F. An Economic Review of the Patent System, Study of the Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 85th Congress, Second Session, Study No. 15 (Washington DC: 1958).


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Prof. Meir Pugatch specialises in intellectual property policy, management and exploitation of knowledge assets, technology transfer, market access, pharmacoeconomics and political economy of public health systems. He has extensive experience in economic and statistical modelling and indexing; valuation of assets and design of licensing agreements; and providing strategic advice to international institutions, multinational corporations and SMEs from all sectors of the knowledge economy. Meir’s work is highly international and he has wide-ranging knowledge of North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
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