Innovation Policy Colloquium

Professors Scott Hemphill and Christopher Sprigman

Spring 2016
Wednesdays, 2:10-4:00 pm and Thursdays, 5:00-6:50 pm
Wednesday: Furman Hall, Room 334
Thursday: 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 topic of the law and economics of intellectual property. Starting with theories of intellectual property law, we will go on to review some of the latest IP law and econ scholarship.

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 2016 Schedule of Presenters

Thursday, February 4

Barton Beebe, John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law, NYU School of Law
Jeanne Fromer, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Are We Running Out of Trademarks? Evidence from the U.S. PTO Principal Register

Email Nicole Arzt,, for a copy of the paper.

thursday, February 11

Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Attention Brokers

Thursday, February 18

Hong Luo, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Copyright Enforcement: Evidence from Two Field Experiments

Thursday, February 25

Shane Greenstein, MBA Class of 1957 Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
How the Internet Became Commercial: Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network
Chapters 8 AND 14

Thursday, MARCH 24

Douglas Lichtman, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Patient Patents: Can Certain Types of Patent Litigation be Beneficially Delayed?

Thursday, APRIL 21

Mark Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Patent Licensing, Technology Transfer, and Innovation

Thursday, APRIL 28

Zorina Khan, Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College
Inventing Prizes: A Historical Perspective on Innovation Awards and Technology Policy
Swiss Exhibits at the Crystal Palace Exhibition

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

CLE was not approved for the February 25 talk with Shane Greenstein and the April 28 talk with Zorina Khan.

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