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On Thursday, February 18, the federal court considering the proposed Google Books settlement held an all-day fairness hearing. In addition to the authors, publishers, and Google arguing in favor of the settlement, the court heard from the Department of Justice and twenty-six supporters and opponents of the settlement. Over the course of the day, the "opt-out" nature of the settlement emerged as perhaps _the_ critical issue facing the court.
Last summer, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society hosted several presentations on the Google Book Search Settlement. With today’s fairness hearing on this case, TAP is providing links into the podcasts from the Berkman Center.
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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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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Waymo Sues State DMV to Keep Robotaxi Safety Details Secret

“Corporate and government actors have pushed to transform the law of trade secrecy into one of the most — if not the most — powerful tools to ensure concealment of information.” — Sonia Katyal, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

Sonia Katyal
Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2022

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Global Collaborative Patents

Some firms based in the United States file collaborative patents on inventions made by teams with members inside and outside the United States. This collaborative innovation is growing in importance. Collaborative patents tend to be of high quality.

By: William R. Kerr, Sari Pekkala Kerr