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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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Google Girds for Battle in Wake of Apple's Legal Victory


Doug Lichtman
Source: The Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2012

What the Apple-Samsung Ruling Means for You


Mark Lemley
Source: American Public Media’s Marketplace
August 27, 2012

How Apple Got Its Case Across


Mark Lemley
Source: Wall Street Journal
August 26, 2012

Apple-Samsung Case Shows Smartphone as Legal Magnet


Josh Lerner
Source: The New York Times
August 25, 2012

Samsung Loses U.S. Trial Against Apple


Robert Barr
Source: eTeknix
August 25, 2012

Apple Beats Samsung: First Reactions


Robert Barr
Source: The New York Times
August 24, 2012

Apple Wins $1 Billion Victory over Samsung


Mark Lemley
Source: Mercury News
August 24, 2012
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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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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.

Featured Article

Prize and Reward Alternatives to Intellectual Property

Some scholars have proposed prize or reward systems to encourage inventors and creators, as an alternative to the current intellectual property system. Designing prize and reward systems is challenging.

By: Michael B. Abramowicz