Policy Briefs & Issue Papers

CPIP scholars play an active role in the intellectual property policy debate, writing numerous policy briefs and issue papers about intellectual property rights and the technological, commercial, and creative innovation they facilitate.

Below are some selected highlights.

Recent Highlights

    Mark Schultz & Kevin Madigan, The Long Wait for Innovation: The Global Patent Pendency Problem (Oct. 2016)

    CPIP’s Mark Schultz & Kevin Madigan present data collected from eleven different countries demonstrating that patent pendency is a global problem. They show that lengthy backlogs are not related to national wealth, and they provide comparative data for important technology fields. The authors make several recommendations for fixing the problem, including hiring more and better-qualified examiners, implementing work-sharing between patent offices, and eliminating obstacles to final grants. They conclude: “Delays matter because patents matter. Patents affect decisions about which businesses get investments, which products get launched, whether a business gets off the ground, and other key decisions. Without the security provided by a patent, these things often simply don’t happen.”

    Devlin Hartline & Matthew Barblan, Debunking the Royalty Stacking Theory: Real-World Evidence From the Mobile Wireless Industry (Jan. 2016)

    CPIP’s Devlin Hartline & Matthew Barblan look at real-world data from the mobile wireless industry to show that none of the systemic anti-competitive results predicted by the royalty stacking theory have actually occurred. They conclude: “There is no empirical verification of market failure or competitive harm due to patent licensing in the mobile wireless industry. Even more important, evidence from this industry actually shows an increasingly competitive market based on the usual measures of competition— falling market concentration, higher number of entrants and products, and dropping consumer prices. All of this evidence in fact points to a market that is functioning properly.”

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