Intellectual Property

Patents

A patent provides protection for an invention to the owner of the patent. The protection is granted for a limited period, generally 20 years. Patent protection means that the invention cannot be commercially made, used, distributed or sold without the patent owner's consent.

TAP Blog

Colleen Chien Examines the Inequalities of Innovation

In “The Inequalities of Innovation,” Santa Clara University law professor Colleen Chien examines the relationship between inequality, innovation, and patents.

TAP Staff Blogger

Fact Sheets

Patent Reform

A patent is an exclusive legal right to own and market an invention or improvement for a limited period of time, in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.

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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

Featured Article

From Trade Secrecy to Seclusion

Traditionally, trade secret law protected innovations from misappropriation by departing employees. Now, however, trade secret claims are often used to conceal information of public concern.

By: Sonia Katyal, Charles Tait Graves