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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.

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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.
This post introduces a 7-part series of reports from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
Harvard economics professor Josh Lerner shares findings from his work examining the interplay between intellectual property rights protection, state-owned versus private-owned firms, and innovation in China.
In “FRAND in India,” Professor Dan Sokol and his coauthor Professor Shubha Ghosh show that the current mix of Indian institutions may not yet be well suited to address complex issues of antitrust enforcement.
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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

Antitrust and Innovation Competition

Some antitrust policymakers are recognizing the importance of innovation competition, including nonprice competition and technological change. Antitrust policymakers must update their analysis to avoid errors.

By: Daniel Spulber