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Pushing Patent Boundaries: An Empirical Assessment of How Patent Trolls and Other Litigants Use Patent Scope

by Janet Freilichvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Patent scope is a fundamental dimension of the patent system. Because scope is so foundational, scholars have worked for decades to build an extensive and well-developed theoretical literature on the topic. There is, however, a glaring absence of empirical work on patent scope. This article conducts the first empirical assessment of how patent owners enforce the scope of their patents.