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Searle Center Announces a Call for Papers on Innovation Economics


CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline of February 5, 2018


The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Eleventh Annual Conference on Innovation Economics. The conference will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 22, 2018.


The USPTO intends to co-sponsor this conference in conjunction with the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth. The conference is organized by Daniel F. Spulber. The papers for this conference will be selected by a scientific committee that includes Justus Baron and Pere Arqué-Castells.


The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP), technology standards, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


The conference welcomes both empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary conference will be composed of presentations by researchers in economics and law, and there will be discussants for the papers. In addition, the conference will draw audiences of academics in economics, law, and business, as well as legal and business practitioners, government officials, and public policy makers.


Topics of interest include:

  • Antitrust and Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Technology Standards
  • Standard Setting Organizations
  • Standard Essential Patents
  • Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Patent Licensing and technology transfers
  • Incentives for Invention and R&D
  • Incentives for Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financing invention and innovation
  • Venture capital
  • International innovation
  • Intellectual Property (IP) rights and public policy

Submission Details


Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: searlecenter@law.northwestern.edu by February 5, 2018.


Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions on or around March 21, 2018.


Papers prepared for the conference will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website – www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter.


Read the full announcement on the Searle Center website.