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In “FRAND in India,” Professor Dan Sokol and his coauthor Professor Shubha Ghosh show that the current mix of Indian institutions may not yet be well suited to address complex issues of antitrust enforcement.
In the final report from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley conference, discussions turned to future prospects for patent reform.
Summary of panel discussion on managing patent cases with three esteemed federal district court judges: the Hon. Richard G. Andrews, the Hon. James Donato, and the Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer. This is the sixth report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Explores current developments in European patent law. This is the fifth report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Examines impact of recent court decisions on obtaining damages and fees in patent cases. This is the fourth report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Explores new developments in how patent courts approach the claims construction process. This is the third report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Discusses recent developments in how the forum affects patent procedures. This is the second report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Key insights from a panel discussion on patent eligibility and patentable subject matter. This is the first report in a 7-part series of posts from the 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
This post introduces a 7-part series of reports from The 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley.
Northeastern University law professor Andrea Matwyshyn debates hypothetical law cases of the future that are based on the assumed evolution of current technologies.
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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

Featured Article

A Brief Survey of the Economics of Open Source Software

This paper reviews some key economic aspects of Open Source Software (OSS).

By: Neil Gandal, Chaim Fershtman