Robert Merges quoted by The Guardian, Feb. 25, 2017
Google could win a “head-start” injunction against Uber, preventing the company from working on the disputed LiDAR technology for as long as it took Google to develop, according to Robert Merges. … For Uber to “sit on the sideline” for three to five years while its competitors race to market would be a “very significant setback,” Merges said.
Robert Merges quoted in The Daily Californian, Feb. 18, 2016
“It’s not unusual to have a tangle of patents,” said UC Berkeley School of Law professor Robert Merges. “There is often a lack of clarity at the beginning stage here, and it’s really not at all unusual.”
Robert Merges interviewed by Bloomberg BNA, Dec. 4, 2015
The good news about the boom in clean energy patents, Merges said, is that it means companies are investing in this technology. “And that’s just fantastic news from a general perspective of what’s happening in the world,” he said.
Robert Merges writes for IP Watchdog, July 28, 2014
Director Kappos actively sought out academic researchers. He brought them into formal roles in the PTO. In the process he gave them not only offices and titles, but something much more elusive, much more valuable. He gave them (us, to be honest) respect. That’s a legacy that has been overlooked by other constituents in the patent world, but it will certainly not be overlooked by academics.
Robert Merges quoted in The New York Times, Bits blog, August 9, 2013
Friday’s order to ban Samsung’s products does not involve standards-essential patents. But Robert P. Merges … said it was possible the administration would overturn Friday’s decision as part of a broader move to diminish the power of patent litigation as an industry weapon.
Robert Merges quoted in The New York Times, August 8, 2013
If the commission hands Apple another victory, Robert P. Merges … said the Obama administration could again overrule any import ban the commission puts in place, as part of a strategy to diminish the power of patent litigation as an industry weapon. “I think there are a lot of political implications,” he said, referring to the possible reaction by other governments. “You’ll have the obvious favoring-the-home-team problem. But I would be shocked if they didn’t think this through carefully.”
Robert Merges quoted in Silicon Valley Business Journal, March 13, 2013
“I think the reason that employers are so keen on our graduates is that we have such a comprehensive program, which means that when our students graduate, they are at a level which usually takes law firm associates several years to achieve,” said Merges…. “They start the race a lap or so ahead, and that is because we start exposing our students to IP during their first year of law school, and they can take advance classes in their second year to advanced seminars in their third year.”
Robert Merges writes for PrawfsBlawg, January 30, 2013
We do not know whether IP law is net social welfare positive. Yet many of us feel strongly that this body of law, this social and legal institution, has a place in a well-functioning society. Now, we can say the data are not all in yet, but we nevertheless should maintain our IP system on the hope that someday we will have adequate data to justify it.
Robert Merges quoted in USA Today, August 27, 2012
“The smart money is going to say this is the end of Act One, we’ve teed it up for the federal circuit, and we’ll see what’s on for Act Two,” says Robert Merges of Boalt Law School at the University of California, Berkeley…. “The bottom line is (that Apple has) shown the world that they are going to use these patents, and you better keep a wide berth, or get out of the mobile market.”
Robert Barr and Robert Merges quoted in The New York Times, August 24, 2012
Robert Barr, executive director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Law and Technology, said that the user interface — the icons and other features that users see and touch — of the Nokia Windows phones look distinctly different from the iPhone. Nokia, a longtime maker of phones, also has a thick portfolio of patents to protect itself.
While Google is not involved in this case, Apple was clearly going after Android all along, said Robert P. Merges, professor of law and technology at University of California Berkeley School of Law…. “There are a lot more players in the Android world who could be involved in the future in litigation,” he said. “And it’s going to raise the cost of everyone in the Android system if the damages stick.”