In this guest posting authored by regular IP Finance contributor Keith Mallinson (WiseHarbor), Keith considers the allegedly thorny issues with so-called patent thickets. The UK IPO’s October 2012 report entitled “A Study of Patent Thickets” and its inconclusive 2011 report on the same matter examine whether patent thickets are a “barrier to entry into patenting for UK enterprises, in particular [SMEs].” While Keith also finds that the latest IPO report lends only convoluted and qualified support to theories of harm from patent thickets, he presents a variety of empirical evidence showing that thousands of SMEs and many others are, instead, flourishing by virtue of—not despite—extensive IP developments, patenting and licensing of Standard-Essential Patents (SEP)s, and with Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs).
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