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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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Two papers by Professor Daniel Spulber look at the interplay of the economic benefit of patents and the public policies that impact the development of innovation.
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman discusses the recently passed Defend Trade Secrets Act its major consequences on intellectual property law and the economy.
How do technology companies actually use intellectual property? This is the final report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
With Congress’s passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, trade secret litigation stands to become more central to many technology companies’ IP strategy. This is the fifth report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
How has the Williamson v. Citrix Online decision effected the development of software patent law? This is the fourth report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
Discusses how the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision dominates the field of software patent law. This is the third report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
Debates on the impact of the Oracle v. Google decision. This is the second report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
Examine six decades of legal changes in how copyright, patent, and trade secret has been used to protect software. This is the first report in a 7-part series of posts from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
This post introduces a 7-part series of reports from The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium.
This weekend, TAP scholars Michael Whinston and Shane Greenstein are participating in the “14th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference.” They will be discussing topics ranging from innovation, vertical contracting, and technology adoption.
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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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A Toolkit of Policies to Promote Innovation

Innovation is an important route to continued productivity growth in the United States. Tax credits for research and development (R&D) are among the best ways to spur innovation. Evidence as to whether the patent system promotes innovation is inconclusive.

By: Heidi Williams, John Van Reenen, Nicholas Bloom