Intellectual Property

Open Source

Open source is an approach to the design, development, and distribution of software, offering accessibility to a software’s source code. It is a licensing model of intellectual property.

TAP Blog

Jean Tirole’s Contributions to the Economics of Innovation

Professors Jacques Crémer and Josh Lerner discuss Jean Tirole’s “remarkable set of contributions to economics.” Jean Tirole received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Jacques Cremer and Josh Lerner

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Fact Sheets

Government Procurement

“Procurement” is the process by which governments choose to obtain and buy goods and services from the private sector.

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The Lesson of the Power Loom

"During the early stage of a major new technology, inventors share designs and knowledge and patent little; later, things become more competitive and patents play a larger role. As technologies mature, firms share less and patent more." — James Bessen, Lecturer, Boston University School of Law

James Bessen
Slate
May 20, 2014

Featured Article

Open Source Software: The New Intellectual Property Paradigm

This paper reviews how open source software development works.

By: Suzanne Scotchmer, Stephen M. Maurer