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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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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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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Standard Setting Organizations and Standard Essential Patents: Voting and Markets

Some observers are concerned that standard setting unfairly benefits the owners of standard essential patents (SEPs). However, standard setting organizations (SSOs) usually choose rules that benefit all.

By: Daniel Spulber