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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On Thursday, a federal district court in New York will conduct the fairness hearing in the Google Book Search class-action case. All of the filings are in --hundreds of them-- and we are now fully ready to hear from Judge Denny Chin. What should we be looking for?
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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Fact Sheets

Piracy and IP Enforcement

In the context of technology, “piracy” is a colloquial term for the illegal copying of copyrighted works. The related problem of counterfeiting is the illegal reproduction of patented or trademarked products.


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

Featured Article

Economic Analysis of Copyright Notice: Tracing and Scope in the Digital Age

Decades ago, the rule that copyrighted works must include a formal copyright notice was eliminated. Today, digital technology enables authors and artists to reuse old works in new ones, but lack of formal copyright notice makes it hard for them to identify copyrighted works.

By: Peter Menell