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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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Upcoming Events

Marshall Law: An Intellectual Property Workshop Celebrating the Career of Marshall Leaffer

Hosted by the Center for Intellectual Property Research

October 22, 2021,  

China Law, Trade and IP 2021 - Session 2

Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

October 27, 2021,  

China Law, Trade and IP 2021 - Session 3

Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

November 10, 2021,  

China Law, Trade and IP 2021 - Session 4

Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

December 1, 2021,  

22nd Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute

Hosted by the Berkeley Center For Law & Technology

December 9, 2021,  

TAP Blog

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.

TAP Staff Blogger

Fact Sheets

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.

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Google’s Supreme Court Faceoff with Oracle Was a Disaster for Google

There's a real chance the Supreme Court could focus on this issue [the copyright status of APIs] in its decision—perhaps sending the case back down to the lower courts for even more litigation. — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School

James Grimmelmann
Ars Technica
October 8, 2020

Featured Article

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