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.

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How the America Invents Act Will Change Patenting Forever

"It’s a big deal, and all the patent attorneys I know are busy right now, filing applications before that goes into effect, Saturday, which tells me that most of their clients are better off under the old system." — Robert Barr, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


Robert Barr
Source: Wired
March 14, 2013

Samsung’s Patent Spat With Apple Spurs U.S. Lobbying Push

"Samsung is being sued left and right. A major component of their business is smartphones, and this is becoming a very litigious area." — R. Polk Wagner, Professor, University of Pennsylvania


R. Polk Wagner
Source: Bloomberg
March 6, 2013

Apple Bid for Samsung Sales Ban Faces Skeptical Court

"It will be hard to convince the Federal Circuit to revisit the injunction issue because the legal arguments involved are not among those that have caused the most recent controversy at the court." — R. Polk Wagner, Professor, University of Pennsylvania


R. Polk Wagner
Source: Reuters
January 7, 2013

Pivotal Patent Case Heads to Court


Robert Barr
Source: The Wall Street Journal
November 11, 2012

Pivotal Patent Case Heads to Court


Mark Lemley
Source: The Wall Street Journal
November 11, 2012

Bad Uses of Good Laws


Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times “Room for Debate”
October 10, 2012

When the Law Is Not Just for Oligarchs


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The New York Times “Room for Debate”
October 10, 2012

The Patent, Used as a Sword


James Bessen
Source: The New York Times
October 7, 2012
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TAP Blog

Northwestern Professor Daniel Spulber Makes a Case for Patents

The Case for Patents, a new book by Northwestern University business and law professor Daniel Spulber, emphasizes the importance of incentives for invention, innovation, and technology adoption.

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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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Beyond Eureka: What Creators Want (Freedom, Credit, and Audiences) and How Intellectual Property Can Better Give It to Them (by Supporting Sharing, Licensing, and Attribution)

Intellectual property (IP) law gives creators the right to stop others from using their created works. But IP law may fail to support creators’ achievement of goals such as creative freedom, proper attribution, and sharing.

By: Colleen Chien