Patents lawyers Pat Besser and Mark Fong are facing questions from reporters as they appear on stage in downtown Seattle to promote their new book “Patents: A History”.
The authors are appearing as part of a series of events to promote the book, which they hope will lead to new legislation that would expand the rights of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to include technology that could make life better for people and the environment.
Mr. Fong, a partner at the law firm Baker Botts, said he had been researching patent law and the impact of new technology for decades.
He said he was surprised when he first read about the patent system and patent law in his research for “Patants: A Time to Change Things”.
“It was just a totally unexpected discovery, because I thought it would be more like a normal business or an ordinary business in any other industry,” Mr. Bessers said in an interview with the Financial Post.
Mr Besseri said he and Mr. Friedman had spent a decade researching and writing about patent law for the book.
The two lawyers are well known for their work defending businesses and governments against patent infringement claims.
Mr Fong and Mr Besseler, who have published several books on the subject, say they have done extensive research on the patent process, and have done the work in their spare time.
They also say they were surprised by the backlash they had received when they started speaking publicly about the topic.
Mr Friedman said he is proud to be a part of the debate about patent reform.
“Patent reform is not an easy subject, and it’s not easy to have a debate about,” he said.
“But it is important to have the discussion and the debate.”
Mr. Patricof’s comments came as Congress prepares to debate whether to re-examine the patent laws, including the patents on the iPhone and other smartphone technologies.
The patent overhaul legislation has been the focus of much public interest in recent years, with more than 200,000 public comments filed with the White House on its proposal.
Last year, Mr. Trump’s administration proposed to rework the patent systems in both the federal and state governments.
The White House has also been looking to Congress to help with the effort.
“It is important for the President to be seen to be doing something, and he can’t do it alone,” Mr Patricoff said.
The debate on patent reform is expected to continue in the coming months, with some of the bills expected to be debated next month in the Senate.