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Submission + - Patent Trolling of the 1850s? (volokh.com)

adavies42 writes: The Volokh Conspiracy is currently hosting a series of guest posts by legal historian Adam Mossoff, a professor at George Mason, on the "Sewing Machine War", a series of patent lawsuits in the mid 1850s that showed many of the features of modern patent warfare, including injunctions, threats against consumers, and patent trolls. Interestingly, the war was eventually ended by the voluntary formation by the major patent holders of the Sewing Machine Combination, America's first patent pool. Could the modern patent disputes which seem endemic to the tech and biotech industries resolve themselves similarly?

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