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“Erosion of IP Rights Threatens U.S. Competitiveness,” says Economist David Teece at the IP Awareness Summit

IPAS2017 is the first conference devoted to mitigating audiences’ confusion about the role of IP rights in creating value and improving lives

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, November 8, 2017 — International economist and entrepreneur David Teece said this week that the environment for licensing, essential to future United States prosperity, is slipping away. His remarks were a part of a keynote address on Monday at the Intellectual Property Awareness Summit, IPAS2017, held by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.


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Intellectual Property Education Lags the U.S. Economy

IBM’s Chief Patent Counsel, Manny Schecter (CIPU board member), looks at the lack of IP education in the U.S.

by Manny Schecter

Have you ever watched an episode of the television show Shark Tank? Contestants attempt to attract investments in their businesses by marketing them to moguls (the “sharks”). Innovation and entrepreneurship are strong themes. Virtually every contestant with a new product is asked about patent protection…

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Trolling for news?

The CIPU report, “Patterns in Media Coverage of Patent Disputes,” reviewed 127 articles that dealt with ‘patent infringement.’

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Report on reporting

CIPU published a research report analyzing patterns in media coverage of patent infringement fir articels published in 2016.
The study found that nearly half of the sampled articles were “op-ed or trend pieces.”

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Tech Media are More Likely to Editorialize About Patent Disputes and “Trolls” than Business & Consumer Publications

June 12, 2017 – A survey of 127 articles selected from a random sampling using the term patent infringement and published in business, technology and general news publications during 2016 reveal that almost half of the articles are either op-ed or trend pieces.

For the infographic of key findings, go here.

For the complete report, Patterns in Media Coverage of Patent Disputes, go here.


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CIPU adds IBM’s Schecter

Schecter joins other board members, Marshall Phelps, Keith Bergelt, Harry Gwinell, Brian Hinman, & Bruce Berman

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Respect for IP can be Taught and Nurtured

 

By Marshall Phelps

There is a widening gap in intellectual property knowledge. Most people do not have a clue what patents and other IP rights achieve, and for whom. This includes the general public and many in government and business.

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Study: Media use of the term “patent troll” negatively predisposes readers, courts

“Patent troll,” the term employed by leading newspapers, magazines and online publications to describe how some patents are owned and used, provides a prejudicial impression of patent licensing that unfairly influences attitudes towards disputes.

This is among the findings of the research conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor, Edward Lee. Writing in the Stanford Technology Law Review, Professor Lee says that while “some courts have even barred the use of the term [patent troll] altogether during patent trials on the ground that the term is unfairly prejudicial. But, among the mainstream media, the term is pervasive.”

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