Professors Spulber, Kieff, and Ziedonis to Participate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on June 12, 2012


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Intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship are the focus of a Searle Center conference this Thursday and Friday (June 14-15). With a keynote addresses focusing on the evolving IP market and economics at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and session topics including ‘IP and Commercialization of Inventions,’ ‘How Organizations Affect Innovation,’ and ‘Licensing and Markets for IP,’ the two-day event will have conference participants exploring the connections between IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis.
 
This is the Fifth Annual Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is hosted by the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth and co-sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
 
TAP scholars will be participating in the conference sessions. Here is a preview.
 
In additional to organizing the conference, Professor Daniel F. Spulber will provide conference opening remarks and will also be discussing “Culture and Diversity in Knowledge Creation” (by Marcus Berliant and Masahisa Fujita) in the first session on “Licensing and Markets for IP.” Berliant and Fujita’s paper looks at how increasing communication, specifically increasing collaboration across regions and cultures, can impact R&D and the creation of new knowledge.
 
Professor Spulber is the Research Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, the Elinor Hobbs Distinguished Professor of International Business, Professor of Management Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, and Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law (Courtesy). His research areas include entrepreneurship, management strategy, international business, industrial organization, regulated industries (energy, telecommunications, transportation), and law and economics.
 
Professor F. Scott Keiff is chairing the first session on “Licensing and Markets for IP.” This session includes the above mentioned paper Professor Spulber will be discussing as well as “Trading and Enforcing Patent Rights” (by Alberto Galasso, Mark Schankerman, and Carlos J. Serrano) which studies how the market for innovation affects enforcement of patent rights; “Patent Pools and Licensing Strategies Evidence from 20 U.S. Industries Under the New Deal” (by Ryan Lampe and Petra Moser) which takes a look at the window of regulatory tolerance under the New Deal and examines the effects that patent pools would form in the absence of effective antitrust; and, “Intermediaries for the IP Market” (by Andrei Hagiu and David Yoffie) which looks at the different patent intermediation models –non-practicing entities, defensive patent aggregators, and private equity firms.

F. Scott Kieff is Professor at George Washington Law School and Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he directs the Project on Commercializing Innovation. Professor Kieff regularly serves as a testifying and consulting expert, mediator and arbitrator to law firms, businesses, government agencies and courts, and on a range of government panels related to business and technology.
 
Professor Rosemarie Ziedonis will present her paper, “State Governments as Financiers of Technology Startups: Implications for Firm Performance” (co-authored with Bo Zhao) in the session on “How Organizations Affect Innovation.” This study provides compelling evidence that program participation bolstered the commercial viability of Michigan-based technology companies, suggesting that state funds help ameliorate imperfections in the market for entrepreneurial financing.
 
Rosemarie Ziedonis is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business and Research Director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship. Her research examines the value and strategic use of intellectual property, as well as broader aspects of technology and innovation management. Her studies have been published in top academic journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Organization Science, Management Science, Rand Journal of Economics, and Strategic Management Journal.
 
For more information about the conference, see the Entrepreneurship and Innovation page. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law.

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