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The Challenges of Reforming Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Software

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Peter S. Menell

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: January 15, 1994

Abstract

This article examines three critical, interrelated challenges for reforming legal protection for computer software: (1) analyzing the market failures that might justify government intervention to define (or alter) the legal entitlements granted for software innovations; (2) predicting the likely path of computer technology; and (3) anticipating and navigating potential impediments to legislative reform of legal protection for software. It warns that patent protection for computer software poses serious potential problems and should be addressed before powerful economic interests vest in large software patent portfolios.

Keywords: computer software, intellectual property, copyright, patent, political economy

Suggested Citation

Menell, Peter S., The Challenges of Reforming Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Software (January 15, 1994). Columbia Law Review, Vol. 94, p. 2644, 1994. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1944599

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Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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