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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) rights help creators limit who uses their work without giving value in return. This protection encourages innovation in thought and expression. Academics featured on this site research topics such as open source licensing, digital rights management, patent reform, IP and technical standards, trademarks, and trade secrets.

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Secondary markets for buying and selling patents are an important yet understudied phenomenon. Do patent markets promote efficiency in the development of new technologies? Or, do they set the stage for patent hold-ups? To investigate these questions, the University of Michigan held a one-day research symposium with industry leaders and innovation scholars. Review the conference materials.
This week, TAP features the work of Professor Glenn Ellison.
Professor Joshua Wright explores the limits of antitrust in the context of patent holdup.
Harvard Business School professor on the changing world of venture capital.
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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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Google’s Supreme Court Faceoff with Oracle Was a Disaster for Google

There's a real chance the Supreme Court could focus on this issue [the copyright status of APIs] in its decision—perhaps sending the case back down to the lower courts for even more litigation. — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School

James Grimmelmann
Ars Technica
October 8, 2020

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Extended Collective Licensing to Enable Mass Digitization: A Critique of the U.S. Copyright Office Proposal

The Copyright Office has proposed that an extended collective license (ECL) be created to allow mass digitization of some copyrighted works. For several reasons, the Copyright Office plan is not workable.

By: Pamela Samuelson