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Patents

Learn about the intersection of antitrust and patent law.

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In this lesson, we’ll learn about the intersection of antitrust and patent law.

I.              Patents and Antitrust Law

Under the U.S. Constitution, the grant of patent monopolies is intended to encourage innovators to create new inventions that will benefit society. Inventors may receive patents for inventions that are novel, nonobvious, useful, and sufficiently disclosed.

Patent law and antitrust law sometimes strike an uneasy...