Empirical Standardization

First Annual Empirical Research Conference on Standardization

Thursday, May 23, 2019 — Friday, May 24, 2019

This conference will feature presentations of standards-related empirical research in economics, management, law and adjacent fields, and provide a venue for valuable exchanges between experts on standardization from various fields of research as well as industry practice.

Agenda (pdf)



There is no registration fee for this conference, but attendance is by invitation only. To request an invitation, please send a message with your name, affiliation, and complete professional contact information to our Center at searlecenter@law.northwestern.edu.



Learning When to Quit: An Empirical Model of Experimentation in Standards Development
Bernhard Ganglmair, ZEW, MaCCI, and University of Mannheim


The Effect of Standardization on Innovation: A Machine Learning Approach
Petyo Bonev, University of St. Gallen
Maddalena Agnoli, MINES ParisTech (CERNA)


The Causal Effects of Including Standards-related Documentation into Patent Prior Art: Evidence from an EPO Policy Change
Rudi Bekkers, Eindhoven University of Technology


Over-Declaration of Standard-Essential Patents and the Determinants of Essentiality
Robin Stitzing, Compass Lexecon


“Standards-Setting Competition with Network Effects: Theory and Empirical Analysis”
Jin Wang, Kansas State University


How Do Patent Assertion Entities Influence the Direction of Technological Change? Evidence from 3GPP SDO
Aija Leiponen, Cornell University


Why Do R&D-Intensive Firms Participate in Standards Organizations? The Role of Patents and Product-Market Position
Justus Baron, Northwestern Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


Making the Rules. The Governance of Standard Developing Organizations and their Policies on Intellectual Property Rights
Pierre Larouche, Université de Montréal


The Origins of the Industrial Standardization Movement and the World Outside Europe and North America
Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College


“Trademarks, Certification Marks and Technical Standards”
Standards Setting Organizations and Trademark Registration: An Empirical Analysis
Jorge Contreras, University of Utah
Brad Biddle, Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology, Arizona State University School of Law


Certifier Competition and Audit Grades
Talia Bar, University of Connecticut


Differentiation Strategies in the Adoption of Environmental Standards: LEED from 2000-2014
Marc Rysman, Boston University