June 2008 Edition
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Welcome to the June 2008 edition of the Innovation e-Review
This edition’s feature article, submitted by Jordan Condo, describes the California State Assembly’s efforts to manage and protect state-funded intellectual property following the enactment of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which authorized $3 billion in state funding for stem cell research.
In addition, this edition includes an occasional paper submitted by John R. Bednarz that examines the growth of the search engine market in general and Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo”) in particular and analyzes Yahoo’s recent struggles to adapt to the changing search engine market.
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Feature Article: Revenue Sharing, Pricing, and Access to State-Funded Intellectual Property: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative
by Jordan Condo
California has distinguished itself as the birthplace of several innovative technologies. Until recently, however, California lacked guidelines for the management of its state-funded intellectual property. More
Intellectual Property News: Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc.: Supreme Court Addresses the Patent Exhaustion Doctrine
On June 9, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a unanimous decision, Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc
., No. 06-937, that substantially strengthens the scope and potential application of the patent exhaustion doctrine. More
Intellectual Property News: Cornell University Secures $184 Million Patent Infringement Verdict Against Hewlett Packard Co.
On June 2, 2008, following an eight-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (J. Rader, sitting by designation), a jury awarded Cornell University (“Cornell”) damages of $184 million in a patent infringement action against Hewlett Packard Co. (“HP”). More
Occasional Paper: Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google: An Analysis of Yahoo’s Struggles
by John R. Bednarz
Section 1 and 2 of this paper will provide an overview of the Internet and how a search engine, such as Google, works. Section 3 will provide a history of Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google – three of the competing leading search engine providers. Section 4 will then detail and analyze the Google/Yahoo licensing agreements. Section 5 will describe the opportunities that Yahoo let slip away after the Google/Yahoo agreements. Section 6 will illustrate the potential Yahoo/Microsoft merger that may still occur. Finally, Section 7 will show that Microsoft’s attempt to buy out Yahoo benefited Google and that Yahoo needs to take action. More
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