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Professor Daniel Spulber, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, examines two pieces of patent legislation, The Innovation Act (H.R.9) and the STRONG Patents Act (S.632). Professor Spulber shows that one threatens to weaken the patent system while the other one could strengthen it.
Professor Daniel Spulber, Northwestern University, states that if the “INNOVATION ACT” (H.R. 9) is enacted, “by weakening patents’ enforceability, the proposed legislation will harm income, employment, and economic growth.”
Harvard Business School professor Josh Lerner shares insights from his work with Professor Jean Tirole of Toulouse University on the economics of knowledge sharing and knowledge sharing organizations.
Professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, discusses a new paper by Bhaven Sampat and Heidi Williams that measures the impact of patents on follow-on innovations.
Michigan State University economist Jay Pil Choi will have three papers presented at this year’s annual International Industrial Organization conference.
Google has announced a plan to sell Motorola to Lenovo for just under three billion dollars. Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, explains how this business transaction is connected to the Nortel patent bidding war held by a bankruptcy court two years ago.
Leading economists are exploring technology patents, licensing through standard-setting organizations (SSOs), and how FRAND terms impact innovation. Recent studies and articles by economic thought-leaders are summarized.
What is a ‘fair’ royalty for the use of patented technologies incorporated in a technical standard like Wi-Fi? A Toulouse School of Economics conference held on 16 May 2013 addressed this issue at the heart of modern technology markets.
In an article written for The Washington Post, James Bessen, Boston University, explains why he believes the patent crisis is mostly about software patents.
Do patents in the software and Internet industries encourage or impede innovation? Early this month Silicon Flatirons brought together leaders in government, industry, practice, and academia to discuss how law and policy for software patents should evolve to best promote innovation. Their conference, “Software Patents and Their Challenges,” is summarized in this post.
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