The American Patent System Is Broken – a Shocking Expose

For the past week, the U.S. National Public Radio has broadcast a series of shocking reports about corruption and abuse in how the US Patent system is set up, and who is abusing it to the detriment of everyone else and innovation.

I highly recommend that you listen to the audio version of these clips, as there are some great quotes included.

The original report is about 20 minutes and can be found here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/07/26/138576167/when-patents-attack
Follow up reports can be found here:
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack
and here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/08/02/138934689/the-tuesday-podcast-the-patent-war
These stories are fascinating, hard hitting and make me wonder whether there are any lessons for Canada’s approach to IP.

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