Research Roundtables

Research Roundtables

Attendance at all Research Roundtables is by invitation only. If you are interested in receiving an invitation, please send your request to:

Fifth Annual Research Roundtable on Patents and Technology Standards

Thursday, May 4-Friday, May 5, 2017


Agenda and Participant List (pdf)


Patent Value and Uncertain Property Rights: Implications from Patent Litigation
Alan C. Marco, Chief Economist, United States Patent and Trade Mark Office
Richard D. Miller, Senior Economist, United States Patent and Trade Mark Office

Patent Trolls: Benign Middleman or Stick-Up Artist?
David S. Abrams, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ufuk Akcigit, University of Chicago, Department of Economics
Gokhan Oz, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Economics

Roadblock to Innovation: The Role of Patent Litigation in Corporate R&D
Filippo Mezzanotti, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Patent Disclosure
Deepak Hegde, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kyle Herkenhoff, University of Minnesota
Chenqi Zhu, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

An Economic Model of Patent Exhaustion
Olena Ivus, Smith School of Business, Queen's University,
Edwin L.-C. Lai, Department of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego School of Law

The Impact of International Patent Systems: Evidence from Accession to the European Patent Convention
Bronwyn Hall, University of California at Berkeley 
Christian Helmers, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Patent Laws and Innovation Selection in the Global Firm
L. Kamran Bilir, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Economics Department
Yoko Sakamoto, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Economics Department

Back to Basics: Why do Firms Invest in Research?
Ashish Arora, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Sharon Belenzon, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Lia Sheer, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

An Empirical Study of University Patent Activity
Christopher J. Ryan, Jr., Vanderbilt University
Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky, College of Law

Reversed Citations and the Localization Of Knowledge Spillovers
Ashish Arora, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Sharon Belenzon, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Honggi Lee, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Firm Matching in the Market for Technology
Pere Arqué-Castells, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Daniel F. Spulber, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Do Valid Patents Promote Progress?
Jonathan H. Ashtor, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Litigation of Standards-Essential Patents in Europe: A Comparative Analysis
Jorge L. Contreras, The University of Utah, College of Law*
Fabian Gaessler, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Christian Helmers, Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Brian J. Love, Santa Clara University School of Law

The Effect of Technological Change on Firm Survival and Growth - Evidence from Technology Standards
Justus Baron, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Daniel F. Spulber, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

A Welfare Economic Interpretation of FRAND
Jen Leth Hougaard, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
Chiu Yu Ko, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, National University of Singapore
Xuyao Zhang, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore


“Licensing Terms of Standard Essential Patents – A Comprehensive Analysis of Cases”, Chryssoula Pentheroudakis and Justus Baron.  Nikolaus Thumm (editor), JRC Science for Policy Report, Publications Office of the European Union, January 2017

First Annual Research Roundtable on Global Climate Change Governance: Geoengineering

Thursday, May 18-Friday, May 19, 2017

Agenda and Participant List (pdf)

Co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern.

Session One—The Precautionary Principle and Geoengineering

Geoengineering: A Case for Precautionary Globalism
Sarah Light, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Governing Climate Geoengineering in an Unequal World
Prakash Kashwan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Biodiversity, Geoengineering, and the Evolution of Dueling Precautionary Principles
Kalyani Robbins, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law

The Future (im)perfect: International Civil Society Responses to Geoengineering
Klaus Weber, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Grace Augustine, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Daniel Milner, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Session Two—International Institutions and Geoengineering

The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Options (Presentation Deck)
Wil Burns, Co-Executive Director, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment School of International Service, American University
Neil Craik, Associate Professor, Director of School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo

International Governance Pathways for Climate Engineering
Simon Nicholson, Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program, School of International Service, American University

Regulating Geoengineering: International Competition and Coordination
Soheil Shayegh, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy
Garth Heutel, Department of Economics, Georgia State University
Juan Moreno-Cruz, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session Three—Geoengineering Science and Its Implications for Governance

Characteristics of a Solar Geoengineering Deployment: Considerations for Governance
Douglas MacMartin, Senior Research Associate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, and Visiting Associate, Computing + Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Peter J. Irvine, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University
Ben Kravitz, Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Joshua B. Horton, The John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

The Intentional & Unintentional Consequences of Climate Intervention:  A Science & Engineering Perspective
Kimberly A. Gray, Professor & Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University

Session Four—Geoengineering through Various U.S. (and Other Nation-State) Legal Prisms

Harms from Solar Geoengineering: Liability, Risk Transfer, and the Possibility of Parametric Insurance
Joshua Horton, Research Director, Geoengineering, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Regulating Climate Engineering Through Environmental Intervention Law
Tracy Hester, Instructional Professor, University of Houston Law Center

Solar Climate Engineering and Intellectual Property: Toward a Research Commons
Joshua Sarnoff, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law
Jesse Reynolds, Post-doctoral Researcher, Utrecht University, Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law
Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Session Five—Discourse Analysis of Geoengineering

Talking Technology: Legitimization and De-Legitimization Patterns in the Discourse on Geoengineering Technologies and Their Potential Effects on Political Decision-Making
Judith Kreuter, Political Science Institute, Technical University of Darmstadt

Jus ad Climate: Using Just War Theory to Restrain Geo-Engineering       
Elizabeth L. Chalecki, Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Nebraska - Omaha, Department of Political Science
Lisa L. Ferrari, University of Puget Sound

Session Six—The Interplay of Geoengineering and Climate Change Polarization

Is Geoengineering a Moral Hazard? It Depends How It’s Framed
David Dana, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Alexander Maki, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment
Kaitlin Raimi, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt Law School

Do Partisanship and Politicization Undermine the Impact of Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Beliefs?
Toby Bolsen, Georgia State University
James N. Druckman, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

Third Annual Research Roundtable on Animal Law and Regulation: Local Food Law, Animal Welfare, and Sustainability

Thursday, July 13-Friday, July 14, 2017

This invitation-only roundtable in organized by David Dana (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

The Searle Center and the faculty organizers are grateful for the generous support of Bob Barker through the Bob Barker Endowment for the Study of Animal Rights Law. Mr. Barker established the fund in 2005 to support the study of animal rights law through courses, lectures, roundtables and conferences at Northwestern Law.

Additional details forthcoming.

Research Roundtable on Economics of Mass Digitization: How to Advance More Public Access to In-Copyright Works?

Thursday, October 12-Friday, October 13, 2017

This invitation-only roundtable is organized by Peter DiCola (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law), Shane Greenstein (Harvard Business School), and Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley School of Law),

Additional details forthcoming.

Fourth Annual Searle Center Leadership Roundtable on Talent Analytics and Workforce Science

Thursday, October 19-Friday, October 20, 2017

Additional details forthcoming.

Second Annual Research Roundtable on Energy Regulation, Technology, and Transaction Costs: Cross-Cutting Perspectives

Thursday, Niovember 16-Friday, November 17, 2017

Additional details forthcoming.

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