Talk:Patent thicket

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Nice job.--Nowa (talk) 12:16, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! --Edcolins (talk) 19:51, 29 January 2008 (UTC)



I believe his source is incorrect: A "patent thicket" was also defined as "the utilization by a patent owner of some patents but not others, or the failure to license others for the purpose of obtaining or maintaining an illegal monopoly." ref. 5 (Kenneth Robert Redden, Enid Veron, Modern Legal Glossary, 1980, Michie Co., p. 398, ISBN 0872152375)


Patent owners are not required to use or practice any - let alone all - patents they possess, nor to license their patents, nor to refrain from monopolizing the production of their inventions. The only right granted by a US patent is the limited-time monopoly on the right to sue infringers. The reference as stated does not show that the term "patent thicket" was actually ever used this way; the glossary is a secondary source. Even if the source cites some other source it is nearly 30 years old and some more recent reference is needed to support the current use of the term in this legally confused sense. If there is no objection here I will delete the quote and reference. Enon (talk) 00:44, 27 January 2009 (UTC)