11 Exploiting Knowledge

Objectives

Understand:

  • Justification for patents and copyright
  • Patent strategy
  • Rise of the patent troll
  • Growth of “creative commons”.

Textbook: chapter 10

Readings

  • McDonough, JF(2006) ‘The Myth of the Patent Troll: An Alternative View of the Function of Patent Dealers in an Idea Economy’, Emory Law Journal, Vol. 56, p. 189; Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 07-6; Emory Law and Economics Research Paper No. 07-7.
  • Lessig, L (2006) ‘Creative Economies’, Michigan State Law Review, 33-43.
  • www.lessig.org: website of Lawrence Lessig, including online texts of several books with Creative Commons licences.
  • Biddle, B; White, A. and Woods, S. How Many Standards in a Laptop? (And Other Empirical Questions) (2010)