First Annual Empirical Patent Law Conference

On September 28th, 2012, the Cornell Law School Law and Economics Program will host the First Annual Empirical Patent Law Conference, which will be co-sponsored and co-organized by the University of Illinois Program in Law, Behavior, and Social Science.  The conference will bring together a diverse mix of scholars in patent law, economics, and policy.  Each scholar will employ advanced empirical techniques to confront a research question of particular relevance to patent policy.  Presenters will include David Abrams (University of Pennsylvania Law School), John Golden (University of Texas School of Law); Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School); Michael Meurer (Boston University School of Law); Bhaven Sampat (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health); and Heidi Williams (MIT Department of Economics).  Topics covered will include, among others, the possible distortionary effect of patent term duration on biopharmacuetical innovation, the unintended consequences of tort reform on intellectual property litigation, and the effects of adopting the first-to-file system on small inventors.  A group of additional conference participants will present detailed responses to the various presentations.  Discussants will include Nicolas Ziebarth (Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis and Management); Aija Leiponen (Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management); Michael Frakes and Oskar Liivak (each from Cornell Law School); and Melissa Wasserman (University of Illinois College of Law).