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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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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.
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman looks at Internet law developments over the last decade and highlights the top development from each of the 10 years.
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.
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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.

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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

Featured Article

Causing Copyright

In deciding whether a creator is entitled to copyright protection, courts often consider whether the creator caused the work to be produced. Copyright law should develop a more coherent theory of causation.

By: Shyamkrishna Balganesh