Monday, June 30, 2014

Robert Cooter: "Growth Economics" and Intellectual Property Rights

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the George Mason University School of Law's Law and Economics Center's (LEC) Economics Institute for Law Professors for two weeks in Steamboat, Colorado, along with fellow IP scholars Sharon Sandeen, Amy Landers, Crystal Sheppard, and Ryan Holte. It was a special treat to hear Berkeley Law's Robert Cooter talk about how law and economics can be applied to intellectual property law. Cooter presented his new book, The Falcon's Gyre: Legal Foundations of Economic Innovation and Growth (2013) (w/ Aaron Edlin), which I'll discuss in this post.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Love Surveys University Researchers on Patenting

While there have been extensive debates about patenting federally funded research under the Bayh-Dole Act, there is little evidence about what the researchers themselves think of this regime. Professor Brian Love (Santa Clara Law) has tackled this problem with a survey of electrical engineering and computer science professors, and he describes the results in Do University Patents Pay Off? Evidence from a Survey of University Inventors in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (forthcoming Yale J.L. & Tech.). Love sent an email survey to all 2,387 tenure-track faculty in the top 20 ECE and CS departments (as ranked by U.S. News), and his 269 respondents were highly representative based on measurable characteristics. Here are some of his findings:

Monday, June 16, 2014

10 New IP Papers

For blog readers who aren't on Twitter, here are 10 recent IP papers that caught my eye.