[Fourth Branch] Enforcing Patents for Bunch O Balloons

Josh Malone, inventor of Bunch O Balloons, describes his struggle to enforce the patents for Bunch O Balloons. Is Josh’s experience typical for US inventors? Is the process of protecting one’s invention straightforward? How might this process be improved? A number of intellectual property experts join Josh in elaborating on these questions.

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Differing Views:

Fourth Branch Video: “Innovation in the US Patent System”

RTP Paper: “Crippling the Innovation Economy: Regulatory Overreach at the Patent Office”

Free Lunch Podcast: “Is There a ‘Death Squad’ at the U.S. Patent Office?: Examining the Patent Trial and Appeal Board”

“Supreme Court Upholds Procedure That’s Said to Combat ‘Patent Trolls'”



Josh Malone
Inventor, Bunch O Balloons


Adam Mossoff
Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School


Ilan Wurman
Nonresident Fellow, Stanford Constitutional Law Center


Melissa Brand
Associate Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property Policy, Biotechnology Innovation Organization


Saurabh Vishnubhakat
Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law


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