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Patent Litigation: Is The Party Over?

Law360 (July 13, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Patent protection is nothing new. America’s Founding Fathers knew all about the subject when they drafted the Constitution, and they specifically gave Congress the power “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” But until late in the twentieth century, no one seemed to care all that much about patent protection.

That started changing in the 1970s, as companies discovered the value of patents in an increasingly...
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