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Yesterday James Bessen spoke at Stanford University on “The Future of Software Patents.” Mr. Bessen looks at the empirical evidence on how software startup firms use patents and on why firms now face a much greater risk of software patent lawsuits. Exploring the causes behind these trends, he discusses how recent court decisions and legislative proposals might affect the rapid growth in litigation.
This edition of the IP Colloquium discusses the FTC’s recently released report on patent system reform with two of the principal drafters: Suzanne Michel of the Office of Policy Planning and Deputy General Counsel William Cohen.
The past decade has seen increasing scholarly, legislative, and business interest in patent reform. TAP takes a look at patent reform topics garnering significant attention in 2011.
For two days in June of 2010, sixteen scholars and practitioners discussed topics such as barriers to efficient licensing, remedies for unlicensed use, and the limits of contractual solutions to licensing problems. Video and podcasts are now available from the Licensing of Intellectual Property conference.
In an article in the Financial Times, Richard Epstein explains the impact of the Bilski v. Kappas decision that was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this summer.
Podcast of public radio station discussion to understand the consequences of US District Court decision to strike down patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer.
TAP academics have written extensively on patent issues. Here are key articles that explore a few patent issues: the impact on innovation; proposed changes to existing patent law; and the nuances of software patents.
Jacques Cremer of the Toulouse Network for Information Technology (TNIT) interviewed Josh Lerner this past December. They discussed Professor Lerner’s thoughts on the challenges of innovation over the next few years, patent reform, and his new book, “Boulevard of Broken Dream.”
Secondary markets for buying and selling patents are an important yet understudied phenomenon. Do patent markets promote efficiency in the development of new technologies? Or, do they set the stage for patent hold-ups? To investigate these questions, the University of Michigan held a one-day research symposium with industry leaders and innovation scholars. Review the conference materials.
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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.

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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.

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