John Duffy on Business Method Patents
Business Week features my colleague and friend, John Duffy, in a story focused on the law governing business method patents. John argues that innovation depends upon expansive intellectual property protection, including for business methods. These would include financial products and management techniques.
To critics of such expansive scope, the feature quotes John as follows: “Precisely because innovations break with the preconceptions of the past, the law should not rely on yesteryear’s notions of technology. Innovation constantly surprises us and that’s exactly what we should want.”
Read the whole feature, for more, like John’s views on damages awards and even a tidbit on his personal background, as a blackjack card counter. Also check out John’s excellent scholarship, including his seminal piece on how administrative patent judges are unconstitutional.