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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) rights help creators limit who uses their work without giving value in return. This protection encourages innovation in thought and expression. Academics featured on this site research topics such as open source licensing, digital rights management, patent reform, IP and technical standards, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Featured Article

Trading and Enforcing Patent Rights

We study how the market for innovation affects enforcement of patent rights.

By: Alberto Galasso, Carlos J. Serrano, Mark Schankerman

Fact Sheets

Software Patents

A patent provides an exclusive legal right to an invention for a limited period of time, in exchange for public disclosure of that innovation. As with other property rights, patents may be sold, transferred, or licensed for a third party’s use.

TAP Blog

The Future of Patents and the Fork in the Road

Professor Daniel Spulber, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, examines two pieces of patent legislation, The Innovation Act (H.R.9) and the STRONG Patents Act (S.632). Professor Spulber shows that one threatens to weaken the patent system while the other one could strengthen it.

Daniel Spulber

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Alice Is Killing the Trolls -- But Expect Patent Lawyers to Strike Back

"We may be going back to the world of the 1980s; not only the patentable subject matter world but maybe also in claiming and means plus function claims." — Mark Lemley, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Mark Lemley
InfoWorld
September 18, 2014