PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 19, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Glenn Peterson
, an intellectual property attorney, has done a great deal of work with regard to patent law in the United States. As such, he knows as well as anyone that the system has its flaws; however, he believes that a realistic approach to the system is the best way to go. An article published by Wired asserts that abuse of the litigation system has led to a "U.S. patent system [that] is not only broken--it's being flagrantly abused to stifle innovation, penalize inventors, and lock great companies into pointless litigation from which only lawyers leave the better." Peterson asserts that, abused as it is, the current system is the best option on the table at this time.
"Abusive patent litigation is surely a very real problem, but revamping the entire US patent system is not the way to fix it," comments Glenn Peterson. "Wherever enforcement of the law depends upon litigation, someone will find a way to abuse it. Consider the example of our disabled access laws, and the abusive litigation that we seem willing to tolerate in that realm. But, apparently, enough of us believe that the main purpose of those laws--which is to incentivize disabled access--is worth the sacrifice of dealing with a countless number of abusive, 'shake down' lawsuits. Like disabled access law, patent law was also created to incentivize--specifically to incentivize innovation in science and industry."
Peterson goes on to explain how, exactly, this is achieved: "With the promise of a limited monopoly, a patent is supposed to encourage inventors to create novel and useful innovations that will benefit society. They are encouraged to disclose their ideas with the public--but the encouragement is monetary. The fundamental premise of our patent system is all about money. Without a war chest available to enforce them, they are worthless. The fact of the matter is that a patent is only as valuable as its potential for enforcement through litigation, and wherever litigation may exist there will also be the potential for abuse."
Ultimately, although effective reform that benefitted all parties involved in patent cases would be ideal, Peterson goes on to explain that he has yet to hear of a proposal that would do so. In almost all cases, he asserts, proposals serve the best interests of the parties that already hold the upper hand.
Because of the nature of the patent system, it is important that individuals who are facing a legal dispute call upon the assistance of a professional. Glenn Peterson encourages individuals to hire a qualified, trained, and experienced attorney to see them through their case.
is an attorney currently practicing in Sacramento, California. Known for his focus on franchise, intellectual property, copyright, business litigation, trademark, and business torts cases, Peterson holds a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at Pepperdine, Peterson served as the editor-in-chief of the school's Law Review. Additionally, during his tenure at UCLA, he acted as an editorial cartoonist for numerous publications, including the Daily Bruin. Aside from his work in his legal office, Peterson is a known writer and speaker and he is a highly regarded asset of numerous professional organizations and associations.