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The Litigation of Financial Innovations

Josh Lerner

NBER Working Paper No. 14324
Issued in September 2008
NBER Program(s):   CF   PR

This paper examines the litigation of patents relating to financial products and services. I show that these grants are being litigated at a rate 27 to 39 times greater than that of patents as a whole. The patents being litigated are disproportionately those issued to individuals and to smaller, private entities, as well as those whose features may proxy for higher quality. Larger entities are disproportionately targeted in litigation. I discuss how the findings are in large part consistent with the theoretical literature on the economics of litigation.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w14324

Published: Josh Lerner, 2010. "The Litigation of Financial Innovations," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 53(4), pages 807 - 831. citation courtesy of

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