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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Google-Motorola Deal Likely but Scrutiny to Last

Robert Barr
Source: Politico Pro
February 9, 2012

Internet to Artists: Drop Dead

Stan Liebowitz
Source: The Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2012

Why the feds smashed Megaupload

James Grimmelmann
Source: Ars Technica
January 19, 2012

Don't Break the Internet

Mark Lemley
Source: Stanford Law Review
December 19, 2011

Study: Patent Trolls Exact Heavy Toll

James Bessen
Source: Politico
November 17, 2011

Who’s Afraid of the Dragon?

Nicholas Bloom
Source: The Economist
October 15, 2011

Trolls, Geeks and Lots of Lawyers

Robert Barr
Source: The Deal Magazine
October 14, 2011
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Sonia Katyal and Charles Graves Explore the Use of Trade Secrecy to Conceal Algorithmic Decisionmaking

In their article, “From Trade Secrecy to Seclusion,” UC Berkeley law professor Sonia Katyal and UC Hastings adjunct law professor Charles Graves argue that trade secret law is being applied beyond its intended purpose of protecting intellectual property and increasingly being used as a tool for open-ended concealment.

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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.

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