Who you know makes a difference.
Posted Oct 9, 2012 17:45 UTC (Tue) by dmarti
In reply to: Patently stupid
Parent article: The Patent, Used as a Sword (New York Times)
Timothy B. Lee: Social Distance and the Patent System.
One has to imagine that if people close to [Judge] Michel—say, a son who was trying to start a software company—were regularly getting hit by frivolous patent lawsuits, he would suddenly take the issue more seriously. But successful software entrepreneurs are a small fraction of the population, and most likely no judges of the Federal Circuit have close relationships with one. In contrast, every judge on the Federal Circuit knows numerous patent attorneys, so they’re well-attuned to the concerns and strongly pro-patent worldview of the patent bar.
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