Intellectual Property

Teaching Module

Teaching Module: Reforming U.S. Patent Policy

Author: Keith E. Maskus

This module features teaching notes for Reforming U.S. Patent Policy: Getting the Incentives Right by author Keith E. Maskus, along with other resources to supplement the text. This Council Special Report acknowledges the importance of patent protection for innovation but also warns against blind adherence to the mantra that more protection will necessarily produce more innovation.

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Transcript

Patents: Is Stronger Better? [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speaker: Keith Maskus
Introductory Speaker: Aimee Carter
Presider: Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Keith Maskus, professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of a new Council Special Report on patents, discusses U.S. patent policy with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Maurice R. Greenburg Center for geoeconomic studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Must Read

IDEA: Patent Law 101: Does a Grudging Lundgren Panel Decision Mean That the USPTO is Finally Getting the Statutory Subject Matter Question Right?

Authors: John A. Squires and Thomas S. Biemer

A critique of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's practice of denying patents for new financial services products unless they are connected to the "technological arts." The article shows that this restriction on patentability has no grounding in U.S. patent law or precedent and does little to address the larger and more important issue of dwindling patent quality.

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Other Report

Pirates on the High Seas

Author: Bénédicte Callan

U.S. trade is increasingly dependent on high-technology and innovation-intensive goods. Many companies share a reliance on innovation and export and, therefore, an interest in ensuring adequate intellectual property protection for their products worldwide. This report examiens the scourge of piracy, which affects the symbols of U.S. economic strength and greatest hope for the future--modern information-intensive industries.

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