Google's Motorola Deal Highlights the Patent Failures of the Patent System

, Corporate Counsel


For $12.5 billion, Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility bought the online search giant a windfall of one the summer's hottest commodities: 17,000 tech patents. Is this how U.S. patents are supposed to work?

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  • Vincent Allen

    Patents have always been designed to be wielded as weapons--that is what the Founding Fathers wrote into the constitution. Why is everyone up in arms about the use of the limited monopoly that is represented by a patent grant? While the purpose is to promote innovation, the public has to pay a price for the disclosure of the invention to the public and the subsequent donation of the invention to the public after the expiration of the term of the patent.

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