Fueled by a generous grant from Qualcomm, the Searle Center's Project on Innovation Economics program addresses a broad range of important issues involving intellectual property (IP), research and development (R&D), the market for inventions, innovation, and technology standards. Dan Spulber, Searle's Academic Director, will play the central role in executing this Program. Professor Spulber will oversee the intellectual structure and the practical implementation of the Project through its roundtable meetings, large conferences, and in a special issue of the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy each year. Professor Spulber sums up the aims of the Project in this way: "Technology standards and standards organizations play a central role in Innovation Economics. We have a lot more to learn about the connections between patents, technology standards and innovative activity. This Project will help to fill in that gap."
The Project focuses particular attention on the implications of technology standards including standard-setting organizations, standard-essential patents, and market coordination related to standards. Our objective is to develop theoretical models, empirical analysis, and extensive data sets in Innovation Economics with particular emphasis on standards organizations. The Project will explore the implications of technology standards for competition policy, innovation policy, and the legal and regulatory aspects of IP. The Project will seek to stimulate research in Innovation Economics by scholars at Northwestern University and around the world.
Joaquin Poblete and Daniel F. Spulber, Optimal Agency Contracts for Delegated R&D, Working Paper, July 2013.
Daniel F. Spulber, Tacit Knowledge with Innovative Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Volume 30, Issue 6, November, 2012, pp. 641-653, doi:10.1016/j.ijindorg.2012.07.004.
Richard Epstein, F. Scott Kieff and Daniel F. Spulber, The FTC, IP, and SSOs: Government Hold-Up Replacing Private Coordination, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, March, 2012, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp. 1-46. doi:10.1093/joclec/nhs002.
Daniel F. Spulber, Unlocking Technology: Antitrust and Innovation, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Volume 4, Number 4, December, 2008, pp. 915-966, doi:10.1093/joclec/nhn016. Selected as number 4 among the 12 Best Papers on Antitrust & the Digital Economy, The Technology Liberation Front blog, Adam Thierer, September 6, 2012
Kirti Gupta, The Patent Policy Debate in the High-Tech World: A Literature Review, Working Paper, January 2013.
Justus Baron, Tim Pohlmann, and Knut Blind, Essential Patents and Standard Dynamics, Working Paper, March 2013.
Justus Baron and Henry Delcamp, The Private and Social Value of Patents in Discrete and Cumulative Innovation, Scientometrics, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp. 581-606, February 2012
Justus Baron, Yann Ménière and Tim Pohlmann, Joint Innovation in ICT Standards: How Consortia Drive the Volume of Patent Filings, Interdisciplinary Institute for Innovation Working Paper 12-ME-03, June 2012
Justus Baron and Henry Delcamp, The Strategies of Patent Introduction into Patent Pools, Working Paper, March 2013
Justus Baron and Tim Pohlmann, Who Cooperates in Standards Consortia – Rivals or Complementors?, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, forthcoming, September 2013
Jonathan H. Ashtor, Michael J. Mazzeo and Samatha Zyontz, Patents at Issue: The Data Behind the Patent Troll Debate, working paper, October 2013.