In the last week two prominent people in the business and IP communities have voiced their opinions on the state of the patent system. Elon Musk the head of electric car pioneer Tesla Motors has grabbed headlines and stimulated plenty of debate around the company’s decision not to initiate patent litigation against anyone who, in “good faith”, wants to use the company’s technology. Meanwhile David Kappos, former Director of the USPTO and now a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore, launched a passionate defence of the US patent system in Forbes magazine in an article  titled, ‘The patent system is a boon – not a drain - to the American economy’.   

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