Professors Barton Beebe and Jeanne Fromer
Spring 2018

Wednesdays, 2:10-4:00 pm, 245 Sullivan Street, Furman Hall, Room 210
Thursdays, 5:00-6:50 pm, 40 Washington Square South, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208

3 credits

The Innovation Policy Colloquium focuses each year on different aspects of the law’s role in promoting creativity and invention.

This year, we will examine the relation between intellectual property law and inequality. We will begin with general theories of inequality in its social, economic, cultural, political, and international aspects. We will then consider how conditions of inequality affect and are affected by intellectual property law and policy. In particular, intellectual property laws and innovation more broadly can in some ways ameliorate inequality and can in other ways exacerbate it. Among the topics we will focus on are the impact of intellectual property law on public health, media policy, and distributive justice; the effects of innovation on domestic and global inequality; the availability of intellectual property rights to those of different backgrounds, classes, and geographic locations; and the ways in which intellectual property rights enhance or distort competition among innovators.

The Colloquium has two components. In one, leading thinkers are invited to present recent work. In the other, we read background materials relevant to each speaker's presentation. The Colloquium also provides each student with the opportunity to write and present an independent research paper.

Spring 2018 Schedule of Presenters

Thursday, JANUARY 25
Amy Kapczynski, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Towards a Theory of IP and Inequality

Thursday, FEBRUARY 1
Colleen Chien, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
Inequality, Innovation, and Patents

Thursday, FEBRUARY 8
Justin Hughes, Hon. William M. Byrne Professor of Law, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Copyright and Distributive Justice

Thursday, FEBRUARY 22
Laura Pedraza-Fariña
, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Essential Medicines and Culture Clash: How Competition Between the WTO and WHO Shaped Global IP Regimes

Thursday, MARCH 1
Camilla Hrdy, Assistant Professor, The University of Akron School of Law
Technological Un/Employment

Thursday, MARCH 8
Robert Brauneis, Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
Dotan Oliar, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Who’s Registering What? An Empirical Study of Authors' and Inventors' Race, Gender and Age

Thursday, MARCH 22
Gordon Brown, Professor, University of Warwick Department of Psychology
Effects of Income Inequality on Preferences
Article 1: Income Inequality and Status Seeking: Searching for Positional Goods in Unequal U.S. States
Article 2: Income Inequality, Income, and Internet Searches for Status Goods: A Cross-National Study of the Association Between Inequality and Well-Being
Article 3: Positional Goods and the Social Rank Hypothesis: Income Inequality Affects Online Chatter about High- and Low-Status Brands on Twitter

Thursday, MARCH 29
Ufuk Akcigit, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Department of Economics
The Rise of American Ingenuity: Innovation and Inventors of the Golden Age

Thursday, APRIL 26
Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Digital Dignity: Defining Progress of Science and Art in the Internet Age

Pending approval, 2 New York CLE credits in the Area of Professional Practice will be given to both experienced and newly attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years) and is presented in traditional (in person) format.

Questions about the Colloquium should be addressed to Nicole Arzt at or (212) 998-6013.