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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Where Are the Fintech Innovators?

Harvard’s Josh Lerner and Stanford’s Amit Seru share findings from their recent work with Nick Short and Yuan Sun to identify who the innovators and patent awardees are within the financial technology sector.

Josh Lerner and Amit Seru

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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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Intellectual Contract and Intellectual Law

Technological change is increasing the importance of intangible assets. A new legal concept, the “Intellectual Contract” (IC), would better support innovation, as current Intellectual property (IP) rules are limited.

By: Daniel Spulber