Jeremy Bock has documented the proliferation of patents resulting from corporate patent-generating practices, including what he calls “patent harvesting,” which “creates an artificial incentive to patent among employee-inventors,” and portfolio management strategies that reward agents for increasing their patent yield every year.
Mark A. Lemley, The Surprising Resilience of the Patent System, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 1, 41, 41 n.196 (2016) (citing Jeremy W. Bock, Patent Quantity, 38 U. Haw. L. Rev. 287 (2016)).