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ENC1102 - Topic Guide - BC Online

About Copyrights & Patents

“The U.S. patent system is designed to encourage technological innovation by granting inventors an exclusive right to profit from their discoveries.” (CQ Researcher)

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  • Why are patents important? What purpose do they serve?
  • How has the rise of the software industry challenged the patent system?
  • Do you think non-practicing entities (NPEs), or so-called patent trolls, are stunting innovation or protecting inventors? Explain your position.
  • Do you think reforms proposed by President Barack Obama (D) would help curb patent litigation? Why or why not?
  • How should copyright laws be applied to the Internet? Should they be enforced strictly, or should courts relax copyright protections and permit the Internet to develop with minimal legal restrictions?

Copyright and patents

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Patent infringement 


Patent trolling

Patent aggregating companies

America Invents Act 

Intellectual Ventures 

Non-practicing entities (NPEs) 

Patent wars


Competition (Economics)

Genetic patents

Topic Pages

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These topic pages give:

  • topic overviews
  • viewpoint essays (pros and cons)
  • academic journal articles
  • statistics
  • primary sources
  • video and audio

and much more!

CQ Researcher logo

These reports include:

  • an introductory overview
  • pro/con debates
  • background information
  • chronology on the topic
  • an assessment of the current situation
  • tables and maps
  • bibliography of key sources

Library Resources

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