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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Who’s Afraid of the Dragon?


Nicholas Bloom
Source: The Economist
October 15, 2011

Trolls, Geeks and Lots of Lawyers


Robert Barr
Source: The Deal Magazine
October 14, 2011

Senate Passes Patent Bill


James Bessen
Source: Washington Post
September 8, 2011

Founder of Priceline Spoiling for a Fight Over Tech Patents


Robert Barr
Source: The Wall Street Journal
August 22, 2011

Tivo Takes $500m to End Patent Suit


Richard Epstein
Source: Financial Times
May 2, 2011
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TAP Blog

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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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.

Featured Article

Prize and Reward Alternatives to Intellectual Property

Some scholars have proposed prize or reward systems to encourage inventors and creators, as an alternative to the current intellectual property system. Designing prize and reward systems is challenging.

By: Michael B. Abramowicz