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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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Pivotal Patent Case Heads to Court


Robert Barr
Source: The Wall Street Journal
November 11, 2012

Pivotal Patent Case Heads to Court


Mark Lemley
Source: The Wall Street Journal
November 11, 2012

Bad Uses of Good Laws


Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times “Room for Debate”
October 10, 2012

When the Law Is Not Just for Oligarchs


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The New York Times “Room for Debate”
October 10, 2012

Google Books Deal Bolsters Dream of Universal Bookstore

"The publishers have embraced the digital transition in books; Google is now a player and partner in that ecosystem, rather than a dangerous disruptive presence." — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, New York University


James Grimmelmann
Source: Time
October 7, 2012

The Patent, Used as a Sword


James Bessen
Source: The New York Times
October 7, 2012

Publishers Double Down


James Grimmelmann
Source: Inside Higher Ed
September 11, 2012
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Northwestern Professor Daniel Spulber Makes a Case for Patents

The Case for Patents, a new book by Northwestern University business and law professor Daniel Spulber, emphasizes the importance of incentives for invention, innovation, and technology adoption.

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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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A Toolkit of Policies to Promote Innovation

Innovation is an important route to continued productivity growth in the United States. Tax credits for research and development (R&D) are among the best ways to spur innovation. Evidence as to whether the patent system promotes innovation is inconclusive.

By: Heidi Williams, John Van Reenen, Nicholas Bloom