Wealth of Ideas Newsletter

The High Cost of Patent Infringement

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, January 2004

If you follow patent news, you may have noticed a trend towards massive infringement settlements. Our economy, now heavily dependent on knowledge-based industries such as software, telecommunications, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, has shifted the management of intellectual property center-stage. Consider the following list of damages awards in recent patent infringement lawsuits:

* $25M to St. Clair in a lawsuit against Sony