Google’s top patent lawyer notes the “disturbing trend” of lawyer-inventors

5 03 2009

Michelle Lee, Google’s head of patents and patent strategy, wrote a post on a company blog this week calling for a renewed effort at patent reform. In the post, Lee mentions the fact that non-practicing patent holding companies—which represent 90% of patent infringement allegations against her company—are very often controlled by patent lawyers, who sometimes take the next step and claim inventorship themselves. “The temptations and opportunities for abuse have gotten too high,” writes Lee.

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