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Pitying The Poor Corporation Is A Patent Absurdity


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PITYING THE POOR CORPORATION IS A PATENT ABSURDITY

Attempts to position corporations as victims in patent litigations ("Investors wanted--for lawsuits," Legal Affairs, Nov. 15) ignore years of history. Until the establishment of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1982, inventors had less than a one in six chance of winning patent litigations. Most corporations wouldn't license patents of individuals and small businesses.

Even given substantial gains for inventors since CAFC was established, few inventors have the resources or the stamina to survive patent litigation. If corporations can rely on their shareholders to finance attempts to deny inventors their due, why shouldn't inventors enjoy similar benefits?

Jerome H. Lemelson

Incline Village, Nev.


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