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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Trolls, Geeks and Lots of Lawyers

Robert Barr
Source: The Deal Magazine
October 14, 2011

Senate Passes Patent Bill

James Bessen
Source: Washington Post
September 8, 2011

Founder of Priceline Spoiling for a Fight Over Tech Patents

Robert Barr
Source: The Wall Street Journal
August 22, 2011
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The Importance of Markets for Technology for Innovation – New Study by Daniel Spulber and Pere Arque'-Castells

In a recent paper, Professors Daniel Spulber, Northwestern University, and Pere Arque´-Castells, University of Groningen, show that some of the external benefits of R&D are transmitted through markets for technology.

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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.

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The Death of Antitrust Safe Harbors: Causes and Consequences

In the 1980s and 1990s, antitrust courts ruled that some business behavior would be presumed legal under antitrust case law and merger guidelines, creating “safe harbors.” In the twenty-first century, most of those safe harbors have disappeared.

By: Joshua Wright, Lindsey M. Edwards