Speaking Patent Law On Wall Street

Law360, New York (June 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Much has been written and said about the impact of patents on companies’ profitability. Some firms obtain patents to enhance margins by excluding competitors or to generate profits through enforcement or licensing campaigns.

On the other hand, many firms maintain patent portfolios largely for defensive purposes, i.e., to deter patent holders looking to enforce their own portfolio, in turn reducing costs and providing enhanced operating freedom.

Whatever their strategic objectives, the significance of patents has increased enormously over the last several decades, as firms’ balance sheets...
To view the full article, register now.