Professors Jeanne Fromer and Katherine Strandburg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:50 pm
Tuesday: Furman Hall, Room 326
Thursday: Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202
The Colloquium on Innovation Policy focuses each year on different aspects of the law’s role in promoting creativity and invention. Topics have included open source and collaborative production, the history and economics of the intellectual property industries, criminal intellectual property laws, the intersection between intellectual property and antitrust law, and international innovation policy.
This year, we will examine the role of incentives in intellectual property law. Starting with theories of intellectual property law, we will go on to study the effects of incentives to act creatively on individuals; the incentives that drive different categories of innovators, including users; norms that have arisen in spaces without intellectual property protection, such as fashion, and atop areas that do provide intellectual property protection, such as open-source software; and what incentives firms might need to innovate. We will draw on legal sources as well as related work in psychology, economics, and sociology.
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 2014 Schedule of Presenters
Tuesday, February 4
Alessandro Nuvolari, Associate Professor of Economic History, Institute of Economics, Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies
Diffusing New Technology Without Dissipating Rents: Some Historical Case Studies of Knowledge Sharing
Thursday, February 13
Michael Burstein, Assistant Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law
Governing Innovation Prizes
Thursday, February 20
Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
Making Do with an Intellectual Property Misfit
Thursday, February 27
Dr. Nikolaus Franke, University Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business
How Crowdsoucing Communities Overcome Ownership Dilemmas: The Power of Norms-Based IP Systems
Thursday, March 6
Andres Sawicki, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Reputation, Trust, and Hierarchy: Mechanisms for Creative Collaboration
Thursday, March 13
Dr. Robert Eisenberger, Professor of Psychology and Management, University of Houston
Can Creativity Be Purchased?
Thursday, March 27
Karim Lakhani, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Cumulative Innovation & Open Disclosure of Intermediate Results: Evidence from a Policy Experiment in Bioinformatics
Tuesday, April 8
Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Talent Wants To Be Free: The Upside of Leaks, Raids and Free-Riding
Questions about the Colloquium should be addressed to Nicole Arzt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-6013.