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Patents and the Global Diffusion of New Drugs

by Iain Cockburn, Jean O. Lanjouw, Mark Schankermanvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Monday, September 29, 2014

This paper studies how patent rights and price regulation affect how fast new drugs are launched in different countries, using newly constructed data on launches of 642 new drugs in 76 countries for the period 1983-2002 and information on the duration and content of patent and price control regimes.

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The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

by George P. Shultz, Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Analysis
Thursday, September 11, 2014

States are increasingly becoming the locus of domestic energy policy-making. Hoover's Energy Policy Task Force collaborated with former US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Jeff Bingaman and Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance to find "what works?. The result is a dozen "recipes" for affordable, clean, and secure energy policies that have already been implemented in a variety of U.S. states with good overall results.

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Corporate Cybersecurity Realism: Managing Trade Secrets in a World Where Breaches Occur

by John Villasenorvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cybersecurity intrusions aimed at extracting trade secrets are an unfortunate feature of the 21st century business landscape. In response, many companies have made cybersecurity a top priority, and their networks and systems have become much more secure as a result.

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The Great Way and The Myths

by Mark Harrisonvia The Economic and Social Research Council
Monday, August 4, 2014

A hundred years ago today the Great War broke out. As the story of this conflict has been told and retold, a set of misperceptions about the war have emerged. A paper from the ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick has analysed the most common myths.

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Patent Holdup: Do Patent Holders Holdup Innovation?

by Stephen Haber, Ross Levinevia IP2 Working Paper Series
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

President Obama and Congress have recommended major patent reforms based on the belief that the patent system allows patent holders to holdup the commercialization of complex technologies.

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O'Reilly v. Morse

by Adam Mossoffvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Monday, April 28, 2014

Chief Justice Roger Taney’s 1854 decision in O’Reilly v. Morse is a famous patent case today. Scholars and judges dispute what legal rule it best represents, but everyone agrees that it was correctly decided: In voiding Claim 8 of Samuel Morse’s patent on the telegraph, Chief Justice Taney reined in a self-aggrandizing inventor who improperly tried to claim control over virtually all telecommunication technologies. 

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Patents are the Foundation of the Market for Inventions

by Daniel F. Spulbervia IP2 Working Paper Series
Monday, April 21, 2014

The paper develops a comprehensive framework demonstrating that patents provide the foundation for the market for inventions.

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Smart Phone Litigation and Standard Essential Patents

by Kirti Gupta, Mark Snydervia IP2 Working Paper Series
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The recent sensationalizing of litigation in the smart phone industry has fostered several concerns, in particular those relating directly to the so-called standard essential patents (SEPs).

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Does Compulsory Licensing Discourage Invention? Evidence from Patents after the US Trading-with-the-Enemy Act

by Joerg Baten, Petra Moservia IP2 Working Paper Series
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Compulsory licensing – which allows patents to be licensed without the consent of patent owners – is a prominent mechanism to improve access to essential innovations, such as medicines to combat HIV. 

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Understanding the Realities of Modern Patent Litigation

by John R. Allison, Mark A. Lemley, David L. Schwartzvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sixteen years ago, two of us published the first detailed empirical look at patent litigation. That study provided a wealth of valuable information about patent validity litigation, including the discovery that nearly half of all patents litigated to judgment were held invalid. 

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