Fifth Annual Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Conference on Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Fifth Annual Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 15th, 2012.

The conference is organized by Daniel F. Spulber (Northwestern University). The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This conference will be an important component of the Searle Center’s expanded entrepreneurship and innovation focus. Conference participants will explore the connections between IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary conference will be composed of presentations by leading researchers in economics and law, and participating authors will have their papers formally discussed by leading thinkers in the field. In addition, the conference will draw audiences of academics in economics, law, and business, as well as legal and business practitioners, government officials, and public policy makers.

Topics will include:

  • Intellectual property (IP) law and regulation
  • Economics of entrepreneurship
  • Relationship of IP to entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • The role of IP in vertical specialization and market entry
  • IP as a support in markets for technology
  • Entrepreneurship and the theory of the firm
  • Entrepreneurship and finance
  • Entrepreneurship and industrial organization
  • Entrepreneurship and economic growth

Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: Potential attendees should indicate their interest in receiving an invitation at dgundersen@ Authors will receive a stipend of $1,500 per paper. The stipend is intended to cover reasonable transportation expenses. Government employees and non-US residents may be reimbursed for travel expenses up to the stipend amount. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the conference. If more than one author attends the conference, the honorarium or travel reimbursement will be divided equally between the attending authors. The Searle Center will make hotel reservations and pay for rooms for authors and discussants for the night of Wednesday, June 13th (if needed) and Thursday, June 14th.

Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Papers for the conference should be submitted to Susie Caruso at the following email address: by February 15, 2012. This is a submission for the conference (not the journal). Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by March 7, 2012. Potential attendees or panel members should send a message indicating their interest to by June 11, 2012. The organizers of the conference are planning to develop a conference-related volume for publication either as a special journal issue or an academic press book. Conference participants are free to submit their work for publication in other venues; submission to the Searle conferencedoes not require submission for the conference volume nor does inclusion of the paper in the conference indicate inclusion in the conference-related volume. The conference is organized in cooperation with the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (JEMS), which is edited by Daniel F. Spulber. JEMS encourages submissions on the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation. Submissions are independent of the conference. Authors presenting papers at the conference need not submit to JEMS and are welcome to publish their work in other venues. To submit to the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, submit the paper on ScholarOne at


About timpohlmann

Tim Pohlmann is a post-doctoral researcher in economics at Mines ParisTech and Berlin Institute of Technology. He specializes in the economic analysis of markets for technology. He earned his doctoral degree with the highest distinctions in August 2012 from the Berlin Institute of Technology with a dissertation on patenting and coordination in ICT standardization. Tim’s research covers the empirical analysis of the trade of patents, patent trolls, standardization consortia and patent pools. He has presented his work at a large number of international conferences. Tim has been actively involved in preparing studies for the European Commission and the German Federal Government on the role of patents in technological standardization and business models in Open Source Software. Doctoral Thesis SSRN author page
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