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The Compatibility of Patent Law and the Internet


Jeanne C. Fromer


New York University School of Law

May 5, 2010

Fordham Law Review, Vol. 78, p. 2783, 2010
Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1600864

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: patent, Internet, Zittrain, Post, exclusivity, inclusiveness, generativity, Thomas Jefferson, Bilski

JEL Classification: O31, O34

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Date posted: May 6, 2010 ; Last revised: May 14, 2014

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Fromer, Jeanne C., The Compatibility of Patent Law and the Internet (May 5, 2010). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 78, p. 2783, 2010; Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1600864. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1600864

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New York University School of Law ( email )
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New York, NY 10012
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