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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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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.
Harvard economics professor Josh Lerner shares findings from his work examining the interplay between intellectual property rights protection, state-owned versus private-owned firms, and innovation in China.
As robotics begins to enter the mainstream, University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo examines how courts have handled a few notable conflicts with autonomous machines and man.
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Patent Reform

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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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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Increasing Diversity in Innovation by Tracking Women, Minority, and Startups: Innovators that Patent and Supporting Experimentation in Inclusive Innovation

The Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act of 2018 requires the United States Patent Office (USPTO) to better support women, minorities, and veterans in innovation.

By: Colleen Chien