Patent Progress posted an article discussing “efficient infringement”, a concept from a 1998 article Turner Boyd partner Julie Turner published in the Berkeley Law Review. Recently, this phrase has come to mean that companies may find it more cost effective to intentionally infringe a patent and fight in court if necessary rather than pay for a license. As Patent Progress’s Matt Levy explains, Julie’s idea of “efficient infringement” has more to do with maximizing social utility: in some cases, when an entity owns a patent on a valuable technology but does not practice it, society might be better off if the rules of liability were changed to allow infringement (for a price), rather than allowing the patent owner to distort the market by blocking the technology. Click here to read the article.