Members of the IP community who cite Bessen and Meurer to justify patent reform are clearly not interested in an honest debate 16 Nov 14
Not only are there significant questions to be asked of James Bessen and Michael Meurer about the methodologies they used and the figures they came up with in their two major papers – The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls (using a database supplied by Patent Freedom) and The Direct Costs of NPE Disputes (based on the results of a survey undertaken by RPX) - but recently their basic integrity has also been called into doubt. This follows the publication of a piece by the Boston Globe in which they are revealed to be either incapable of undertaking even basic research or dishonest.
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