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STEP Reports on Intellectual Property


Patent Challenges for Standard-Setting in the Global Economy

 Patent Challenges for Standard-Setting in a Global Economy: Lessons from Information and Communications Technology (2013)
This report examines how leading national and multinational standard-setting organizations (SSOs) address patent disclosures, licensing terms, transfers of patent ownership, and other issues that arise in connection with developing technical standards for consumer and other microelectronic products, associated software and components, and communications networks including the Internet [...]
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Copyright in the Digital Era

Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy (2013)
This report calls on federal agencies and foundations to support a broad range of empirical research studies to contribute to the comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law recommended by Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallente, and announced April 24, 2013 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The report also urges the federal government to consider instituting two regular, systematic surveys – one of businesses on their acquisition and use of intellectual property of all types and the other of consumers to [...]
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 UIP Cover_Small Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest (2010)
Thirty years ago federal policy underwent a major change through the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, which fostered greater uniformity in the way research agencies treat inventions arising from the work they sponsor. Before the Act, if government agencies funded university research, the funding agency retained ownership of the knowledge and technologies that resulted. However, very little federally funded research [...]
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Patent System 21st Century coverA Patent System for the 21st Century (2004)
The U.S. patent system is in an accelerating race with human ingenuity and investments in innovation. In many respects the system has responded with admirable flexibility, but the strain of continual technological change and the greater importance ascribed to patents in a knowledge economy are exposing weaknesses including questionable patent quality, rising transaction costs, impediments [...]
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 Patents in the Knowledge-Based EconomyPatents in the Knowledge-Based Economy (2003)
Since 1980, successive changes in patent policy, one of the oldest elements of U.S. technology policy, have expanded intellectual property rights and strengthened the position of patent owners. The establishment of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1982), which consolidated all appeals from patent case decisions of federal district courts [...]
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