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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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Professors Jacques Crémer and Josh Lerner discuss Jean Tirole’s “remarkable set of contributions to economics.” Jean Tirole received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Santa Clara University law professor Colleen Chien shares her findings from surveying hundreds of startups that have been approached with patent demands.
Professor Jay Pil Choi and Professor Carl Shapiro have recently released separate papers that examine patent litigation through non-practicing entities, patent-assertion entities, and standard-essential patents.
The 13th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference will cover topics as diverse as the economics of online privacy, competitive effects of regulation, patent troll litigation strategies, and competition in hospital premiums. TAP scholars Jay Pil Choi and James Rebitzer will be participating.
Professor Daniel Spulber, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, examines two pieces of patent legislation, The Innovation Act (H.R.9) and the STRONG Patents Act (S.632). Professor Spulber shows that one threatens to weaken the patent system while the other one could strengthen it.
Professor Daniel Spulber, Northwestern University, states that if the “INNOVATION ACT” (H.R. 9) is enacted, “by weakening patents’ enforceability, the proposed legislation will harm income, employment, and economic growth.”
Economists Glen Weyl and Jean Tirole investigate systems for rewarding innovation in their article, “Market Power Screens Willingness-to-Pay.” Professor Weyl shares his experiences of collaborating with Professor Tirole, the 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Science.
Professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute, offers his recap of the top Internet Law developments of 2014.
TAP guest blogger Professor Dan Nabel offers his list of the “Top 10” fair use cases from 2014.
Harvard Business School professor Josh Lerner shares insights from his work with Professor Jean Tirole of Toulouse University on the economics of knowledge sharing and knowledge sharing organizations.
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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

How Does the Use of Trademarks by Third-Party Sellers Affect Online Search?

This paper examines the effects of trademark use in advertisements by third-party resellers.

By: Lesley Chiou, Catherine Tucker