The Myth of the Software Patent Thicket

This paper is the first part of a wide-ranging study of the role of intellectual property in the software industry. The project focuses on the software industry because of the importance of that industry to the modern economy, because of the importance of innovation to that industry, and because of the well-known difficulties of accommodating traditional intellectual-property regimes (patent, copyright, and trade secret) to innovation in the industry.

I. Introduction
II. The Software Industry
III.  Interview Methodology
IV.  VC Investment
V. The Role of Copyright
A. The Role of Copyright in Startups
B. The Role of Collateral in Startup Lending

Author: Ronald Mann

Source: American Law & Economics Association

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