Prototype Online: Law professor Adam Mossoff says patent wars aren’t a new thing

May 1, 2013

What does an 1850s sewing machine patent have to do with the current debates about patent thickets, NPEs, costly litigation, and other modern patent policy concerns? As it turns out, quite a bit. Professor Adam Mossoff discusses his popular article, “The Rise and Fall of the First American Patent Thicket: The Sewing Machine War of the 1850s,” and the important lessons that today's patent-owners can learn from this significant event in early American patent law.

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