Intellectual Property


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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Google Girds for Battle in Wake of Apple's Legal Victory

Doug Lichtman
Source: The Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2012

What the Apple-Samsung Ruling Means for You

Mark Lemley
Source: American Public Media’s Marketplace
August 27, 2012

How Apple Got Its Case Across

Mark Lemley
Source: Wall Street Journal
August 26, 2012

Apple-Samsung Case Shows Smartphone as Legal Magnet

Josh Lerner
Source: The New York Times
August 25, 2012

Samsung Loses U.S. Trial Against Apple

Robert Barr
Source: eTeknix
August 25, 2012

Apple Beats Samsung: First Reactions

Robert Barr
Source: The New York Times
August 24, 2012

Apple Wins $1 Billion Victory over Samsung

Mark Lemley
Source: Mercury News
August 24, 2012

A Verdict That Alters an Industry

Robert Merges
Source: The New York Times
August 24, 2012
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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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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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Antitrust Policy Toward Patent Licensing: Why Negotiation Matters

Some are concerned that patents for complex innovations give rise to problems such as royalty stacking or patent thickets. However, empirical data shows that patent pools and negotiation of patent licenses tend to eliminate these concerns.

By: Daniel Spulber