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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.

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Pivotal Patent Case Heads to Court


Mark Lemley
Source: The Wall Street Journal
November 11, 2012

Bad Uses of Good Laws


Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times “Room for Debate”
October 10, 2012

When the Law Is Not Just for Oligarchs


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The New York Times “Room for Debate”
October 10, 2012

Google Books Deal Bolsters Dream of Universal Bookstore

"The publishers have embraced the digital transition in books; Google is now a player and partner in that ecosystem, rather than a dangerous disruptive presence." — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, New York University


James Grimmelmann
Source: Time
October 7, 2012

The Patent, Used as a Sword


James Bessen
Source: The New York Times
October 7, 2012

Publishers Double Down


James Grimmelmann
Source: Inside Higher Ed
September 11, 2012

Google Girds for Battle in Wake of Apple's Legal Victory


Doug Lichtman
Source: The Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2012
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What Are the Most Effective Policies for Stimulating Technological Innovation?

In “A Toolkit of Policies to Promote Innovation,” Professors Nicholas Bloom, John Van Reenen, and Heidi Williams present a number of the main innovation policy levers to energize technological innovation.

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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.

Featured Article

A Simple Approach to Setting Reasonable Royalties for Standard-Essential Patents

This article suggests binding arbitration as a way to resolve disputes arising within standard-setting organizations.

By: Mark Lemley, Carl Shapiro