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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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Explores current developments in European patent law. This is the fifth report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Examines impact of recent court decisions on obtaining damages and fees in patent cases. This is the fourth report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Explores new developments in how patent courts approach the claims construction process. This is the third report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Discusses recent developments in how the forum affects patent procedures. This is the second report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Key insights from a panel discussion on patent eligibility and patentable subject matter. This is the first report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
This post introduces a 7-part series of reports from The 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Professors Jacques Crémer and Josh Lerner discuss Jean Tirole’s “remarkable set of contributions to economics.” Jean Tirole received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Santa Clara University law professor Colleen Chien shares her findings from surveying hundreds of startups that have been approached with patent demands.
Professor Jay Pil Choi and Professor Carl Shapiro have recently released separate papers that examine patent litigation through non-practicing entities, patent-assertion entities, and standard-essential patents.
The 13th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference will cover topics as diverse as the economics of online privacy, competitive effects of regulation, patent troll litigation strategies, and competition in hospital premiums. TAP scholars Jay Pil Choi and James Rebitzer will be participating.
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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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Increasing Diversity in Innovation by Tracking Women, Minority, and Startups: Innovators that Patent and Supporting Experimentation in Inclusive Innovation

The Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act of 2018 requires the United States Patent Office (USPTO) to better support women, minorities, and veterans in innovation.

By: Colleen Chien