On the Apparent Failure of Patents: A Response to Bessen and Meurer

Ziedonis, Rosemarie H.
November 2008
Academy of Management Perspectives;Nov2008, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p21
Academic Journal
The article comments on an article by James Bessen and Michael Meurer and published in a previous issue of the "Academy of Management Perspectives," which contends for the abolition of the patent system in the U.S. It explains that Bessen and Meurer made a compelling case claiming that distortions in the patent system exist, but they are unable to justify their call for the abolition of the patent system. It discusses areas of Bessen and Meurer's study which explore how patents impact innovative activity in many ways. It also examines the performance of the patent system.


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