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Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School, presents his recent research on intellectual property rights and innovation in China.
In honor of World IP Day, TAP highlights a few of the articles and scholars that examine intellectual property technology-policy issues.
In “Patent Pool Outsiders,” Maurer School of Law professor Michael Mattioli examines the impact of ‘outsiders’ on patent pools and finds that partial cooperation on license agreements may be better than complete cooperation.
MIT economics professor Heidi Williams reviews recent US Supreme Court rulings on patent eligibility and presents her rigorous empirical research on the question: do patents impede or encourage innovation?
Professor Colleen Chien has been recognized by the American Law Institute due to her “work in intellectual property law [that] has already helped shape governmental policy around innovation.”
Two papers by Professor Daniel Spulber look at the interplay of the economic benefit of patents and the public policies that impact the development of innovation.
How do technology companies actually use intellectual property? This is the final report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
How has the Williamson v. Citrix Online decision effected the development of software patent law? This is the fourth report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
Discusses how the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision dominates the field of software patent law. This is the third report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
Examine six decades of legal changes in how copyright, patent, and trade secret has been used to protect software. This is the first report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
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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.

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Changing U.S. Patent Policy on Tech Standards Stirs Concerns

"The best way to resolve this issue is not to change policy approaches." — Mark Lemley, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Mark Lemley
Bloomberg Law
December 26, 2018

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