CPIP Roundup – September 30, 2020

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor As we move through our busy fall season here at CPIP, we are grateful for the efforts of everyone in the George Mason University community keeping us safe and healthy. We are fortunate that in these highly uncertain times, we are still able to focus on what we … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – September 30, 2020”

CPIP Roundup – August 31, 2020

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor August has seen the beginning of a highly unusual school year, but I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe. And, since even a pandemic can’t keep the world from having a busy back-to-school month, I’ll keep this month’s note short. First, we’re gearing up for The Evolving … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – August 31, 2020”

Jonathan Barnett on the “License as Tax” Fallacy and the Real-World Benefits of Licensing

The following post comes from David Ward, a rising 2L at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP. By David Ward “Casual metaphors can have dangerous consequences.” CPIP Senior Fellow for Innovation Policy Jonathan Barnett’s new paper, The ‘License as Tax’ Fallacy, seeks to undo what he considers to be a dangerous, casual metaphor, … Continue reading “Jonathan Barnett on the “License as Tax” Fallacy and the Real-World Benefits of Licensing”

CPIP Roundup – July 31, 2020

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor I hope summer is seeing you healthy and safe. Over four months have passed since the Washington, D.C., area began to feel the impact of COVID-19. Now, as summer progresses and we start anticipating and planning for fall, we’re looking to navigate the new normal in the classroom, … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – July 31, 2020”

New CPIP Policy Brief: The Long Shadow of the Blackberry Shutdown That Wasn’t

CPIP has published a new policy brief by CPIP Senior Fellow for Innovation Policy Jonathan Barnett entitled The Long Shadow of the Blackberry Shutdown That Wasn’t. The policy brief looks at how the Blackberry litigation and the “patent troll” narrative ultimately contributed to the Supreme Court’s 2006 decision in eBay v. MercExchange that limited the … Continue reading “New CPIP Policy Brief: The Long Shadow of the Blackberry Shutdown That Wasn’t”

CPIP Roundup – April 30, 2020

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor As we move into another month of stay-at-home here in the DMV—and perhaps some re-openings—we here at CPIP hope that you and yours are staying safe and healthy while we weather this crisis. We continue to move forward, however. Our biggest news this month is the addition of … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – April 30, 2020”

New CPIP Policy Brief: Barnett on the End of Patent Groupthink

In a new CPIP policy brief entitled The End of Patent Groupthink, CPIP Senior Fellow for Innovation Policy Jonathan Barnett highlights some cracks that have emerged in the recent policy consensus that the U.S. patent system is “broken” and it is necessary to “fix” it. Policymakers have long operated on the basis of mostly unquestioned … Continue reading “New CPIP Policy Brief: Barnett on the End of Patent Groupthink”

CPIP Roundup – August 29, 2019

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor With a new academic year beginning at Antonin Scalia Law School, the CPIP team continues to build on a productive summer of scholarship, events, and more. Our WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property this past June boasted 70 students from 30 countries for a two-week crash course on … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – August 29, 2019”

CPIP Scholars Join Comment Letter to FTC Supporting Evidence-Based Approach to IP Policymaking

On December 21, 2018, CPIP Senior Scholars Jonathan Barnett, Chris Holman, Erika Lietzan, Adam Mossoff, Sean O’Connor, and Kristen Osenga joined a comment letter that was filed with the FTC as part of its ongoing hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. The comment letter was joined by 18 legal academics, economists, … Continue reading “CPIP Scholars Join Comment Letter to FTC Supporting Evidence-Based Approach to IP Policymaking”