Innovation and its discontents, and patent reform

According to this law.com article, Innovation and its Discontents has helped to spur the current drive for patent reform.

Legislators were also spurred into action by a book — “Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What to Do About It” — published last year by business professors Adam Jaffe and Josh Lerner.

Stephen Fox, Hewlett-Packard’s deputy general counsel of IP, noted at a conference in San Francisco on Wednesday that members of Congress have been reading it and even marking particular pages.”They’re using it to get a perspective into the patent system,” Fox said. It’s given them “an aha moment — that’s what it’s all about.”

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