Professor Stephen Yelderman joins LAMB as a new Faculty Fellow

Stephen Yelderman, Notre Dame Law School

The Notre Dame Law School Research Program on Law and Market Behavior announced the addition of Stephen Yelderman, Associate Professor of Law, as one of the Program’s Faculty Fellows. “We are delighted to have Professor Yelderman join the ranks of our Faculty Fellows,” said Professor Avishalom Tor, LAMB’s director. He further noted that “Professor Yelderman’s research, which examines how intellectual property rights protect, impair, and stimulate competition, is an excellent fit for our mission of advancing the study of how legal rules and institutions shape the market behaviors of individuals and firms.”…

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Professor Mark McKenna has Recently Published a New Article, Progress and Competition in Design

Professor Mark McKenna (with Katherine Strandburg), has recently published, Progress and Competition in Design, Stanford Technology Law Review, Vol. 17, (2013). This article argues that applying patent-like doctrine to design makes sense only if a design patent system is premised on a patent-like conception of cumulative progress that permits patent examiners and courts to assess whether a novel design reflects a nonobvious step beyond the prior art. If there is a meaningful way to speak of such an inventive step in design, then design patent doctrine should be based on that conception. If nonobviousness has no sensible meaning in design, then a patent system cannot work for design. Read article

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