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TAP Blog

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?
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman examines a paradox presented in the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA): while the DTSA provides an important development in intellectual property law, the statute says it “shall not be construed to be a law pertaining to intellectual property for purposes of any other Act of Congress.”
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.”
Cornell law professor James Grimmelmann provides an overview of Judge Gorsuch’s opinions from IP and Internet law cases. Justice Neil Gorsuch is President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Eric Goldman, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, provides a look back at the events that had the greatest impact on Internet law.
Law Professor James Grimmelmann, Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School, shares insights from a symposium on computer-authored works.
Professor Pamela Samuelson, University of California, Berkeley, explains why Google’s win in the Oracle v. Google case is valuable for all software developers as well as the general public.
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.
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