Fordham Law

Center on Law and Information Policy Receives Grant to Research Smartphone Patents

July 10, 2012

The Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law has received a grant from the World Intellectual Property Organization to research and report on the acquisition and use of patents in the smartphone industry.

The objective of this new research is both to obtain and analyze data that can provide insight on the openness of the smartphone market and to report on the impact that the ownership and enforcement of patents are having on the accessibility of the market.

The new study is a follow-up to one of the recommendations made in the Report on an Analysis of the Economic/Legal Literature on Intellectual Property Rights (IP): A Barrier to Entry?, which Fordham CLIP previously prepared for WIPO.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to continue our work with the World Intellectual Property Organization on this important and rapidly evolving area of patent law," said Fordham Law Professor Joel Reidenberg, the academic director of Fordham CLIP.

The Fordham CLIP research team will be led by Professor Reidenberg and Fordham CLIP Executive Director Jamela Debelak. They will be assisted by Daniel Gross, a post-graduate Fellow from the Fordham Law class of 2011, and two current Fordham Law students, Paul Doulatshahi '14 and Elaine Mindrup '14. The report will be finished in late fall 2012, and Fordham CLIP & WIPO will host a workshop discussing the major findings.

Fordham CLIP was founded to make significant contributions to the development of law and policy for the information economy and to teach the next generation of leaders. Fordham CLIP brings together scholars, the bar, the business community, technology experts, the policy community, students, and the public to address and assess policies and solutions for cutting-edge issues that affect the evolution of the information economy.