Patent Lawyers Who Oppose Patent Law

by Stephan Kinsella on February 3, 2011

The ones who are known are few and far between. Here are the ones I have noted so far:

Ayn Rand would have shuddered to contemplate this possibility, since she thought “Intellectual property is the most important field of law.”

If anyone knows of other outspoken patent practitioners or IP law professors who are vocally opposed to IP please let me know.

See: Patent Lawyers Who Don’t Toe the Line Should Be Punished!, where I wrote:

My friend Tony Diehl, registered patent attorney, is opposed to it, and knows what a state boondoggle it is. As I noted in The Morality of Acquiring and Enforcing Patents, law professor Michael Davis, also a registered patent attorney, opposes the patent system (for leftist reasons, I believe, unlike my own pro-property, libertarian reasons–but still); and Daniel Ravicher, Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) and Legal Director of Software Freedom Law Center, and also a registered patent attorney, appears to be opposed to patents or at the very least has serious reservations.


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David Koepsell February 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

Michael Meurer, who started at Univ. of Buffalo, and is, I think, at Boston now, has been quite critical of the patent system.

Stephan Kinsella February 4, 2011 at 8:13 am

Thanks, David. Maybe he gets an honorable mention. I don’t think he’s an abolitionist or near-abolitionist, however, as far as I can tell. More of a reformer, I think. Would that there were more of us outright abolitionists!

David Koepsell February 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

True, true

Stephan Kinsella February 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

Or as we would say in Louisiana, truedat.

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