Rebuttal Finale: A Response to Lemley’s Myth of the Sole Inventor

Publication: ResearchInternet publication

  • John Howells
  • Ron D Katznelson
    Ron D KatznelsonDr. Ron D. Katznelson is the president of Bi-Level Technologies, Encinitas, California, USA. States
Professor Mark Lemley wrote an article about the Myth of the sole inventor, to which we provided a critique, with an executive summary of the critique published here on On October 9, 2011, he wrote a response to our critique, and this is our reply.

In his October 9 response, Lemley asserts that our critique engaged in ad hominem attack. Our critique notes that he “neglected” to mention critical facts, that “his scholarship is unreliable,” and that “no reader should take his radical proposals for new patent law seriously.” We regret that Lemley regards this treatment of his treatment of sources as ad hominem attack on him. Our critique is directed to defects in his work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year18 Oct 2011
TypeIP Watchdog - a online magazine focusing on the news & business of IP
Source/PublisherIP watchdog:
StatePublished - 18 Oct 2011


  • Lemley, Patents, Simultaneous invention, Non-obviousness, Sole inventor

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