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The Effect of Judicial Ideology in Intellectual Property Cases


Matthew Sag


Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Tonja Jacobi


Northwestern University - School of Law

Maxim Sytch


University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

July 2, 2007

2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper

Abstract:     
This article investigates the relationship between ideology and judicial decision-making in the context of intellectual property. This article empirically establishes that judicial decision making in relation to IP is significantly and predictably shaped by judicial ideology. Using data drawn from Supreme Court intellectual property cases decided in between 1954 and 2006, we show that ideology is a significant determinant of cases involving intellectual property rights. However, our analysis also shows that there are significant differences between intellectual property and other areas of the law with respect to the effect of ideology. This analysis has important implications for the study of intellectual property. It also contributes to the broader judicial ideology literature by demonstrating the effect of ideology in economic cases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: intellectual property, ideology, politics, attitudinal model, empirical, supreme court, federal circuit, patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret

JEL Classification: K1, K11

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Date posted: July 3, 2007  

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Sag, Matthew and Jacobi, Tonja and Sytch, Maxim, The Effect of Judicial Ideology in Intellectual Property Cases (July 2, 2007). 2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=997963 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.997963

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Matthew Sag (Contact Author)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )
25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Tonja Jacobi
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
375 E. Chicago Ave
Unit 1505
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
Maxim Sytch
University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )
701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States
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