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Antitrust Implications of Patent Settlements: Balancing Patent Policy, Antitrust Law, and the Practical Limits of Litigation

In a perfect world, all patents would be valid and none infringed. In a near-perfect world, a mechanism would exist to rapidly and efficiently determine whether a patent is valid and infringed. We live in neither world. Our method—litigation—is not rapid or efficient. When disputes arise, parties litigate, and then, most often, negotiate and settle....