Intellectual Property

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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.
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.
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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.


Lofi Girl Disappeared from YouTube and Reignited Debate Over Bogus Copyright Claims

“We ended up with this system because in the 1990s, when the contours of the internet and copyright are still coming into view, this is the compromise that representatives of the copyright industries and the internet industries worked out.” — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, Cornell University

James Grimmelmann
July 16, 2022

Featured Article

Misreading Campbell: Lessons for Warhol

Rereading the case in which the Supreme Court first recognized transformative fair use could help the Supreme Court resolve tension between derivative rights and transformative fair use in Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith.

By: Peter Menell, Shyamkrishna Balganesh