Software Patents and Intellectual Property

The Proto Connecticut ACM Chapter is proud to announce their May general meeting on Tuesday May, 7th at 5:30 pm. You DO NOT have to be an ACM member to attend.


Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: CCAT East Hartford

222 Pitkin St. East Hartford, CT (near 84/91 interchange)

Intellectual property protections, such as patents and copyrights, are supposed to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts” — but do they always?

Does the rapid development and growth of software and other computer-related industries exist because of or in spite of the myriad intellectual property protections that cover software?

This talk will describe how software came to be covered by both copyrights and patents, and discuss the complexities and potential problems with existing law. Particularly, the talk will focus on whether the availability of software patents helps or harms new companies, and why the patent system sometimes fails to achieve its own goal of providing incentives to create new inventions and industries.

Christina M. Mulligan is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Kauffman Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She previously served as a law clerk in the chambers of Judge Charles F. Lettow at the United States Court of Federal Claims, a visiting fellow of the Information Society Project, and a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice. She holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard. She has written several papers on the subject of patent reform and has had her work featured on NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post and The Guardian.

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