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Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Reconciling Patent Law and the Internet

Jeanne C. Fromer, Fordham Law School, has published The Compatibility of Patent Law and the Internet, at 78 Fordham Law Review 2783 (2010). Here is the abstract.
Much ink has been spilled and many bits have been used discussing what the Internet’s architecture and values ought to mean for the future of copyright law. And though much has been written about the patentability of software, how, if at all, patent law and the Internet’s values are compatible is undertheorized. Through the lens of recent books by Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet - And How To Stop It, and David Post, In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace, I explore this issue for a symposium on these books. Although a central value of the Internet is inclusiveness and the patent right is directed to exclusivity, I suggest that if tailored appropriately, patent law can be supportive of the Internet’s core values.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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