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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Call for Papers: Patents, Standards, and Innovation

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

     The National Bureau of Economic Research's Innovation
     Policy and the Economy Working Group is seeking paper
     proposals for a conference on Patents, Standards and
     Innovation. The goal of this conference is to promote
     original empirical and theoretical research on intellectual
     property issues in technologies or sectors in which de
     facto, voluntary, legal or technical standards play an
     important role.
     Potential topics include, but are not limited to, patent
     thickets, compatibility standards, cross-licensing, patent
     pools, collective rights management, trade-related aspects
     of technical standardization, and open technology
     platforms. The conference will be co-sponsored by the U.S.
     Patent and Trademark Office.
     Interested authors are encouraged to submit a two-page
     research proposal that includes an abstract of the intended
     paper, an outline of the methodologies to be used, and a
     brief statement about the current state of the research
     project. Proposals should be submitted by March 3, 2011,
     via the NBER web site, at:

     Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2011. A
     pre-conference is scheduled for May 7, 2011 in Cambridge,
     MA, and the formal conference will be held in late 2011 or
     early 2012. Authors of accepted papers will be reimbursed
     for regular transportation expenses (one author for the
     pre-conference and up to two authors for conference), and
     receive an honorarium of $7,500 per paper for timely
     submission of the draft and final manuscript. The NBER
     Innovation Policy and the Economy Working Group is
     supported by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion
     Kauffman Foundation.


     The International Journal of Industrial Organization (IJIO)
     will publish a special issue on the topic following the
     conference, to be edited by Marc Rysman and the conference
     co-organizers: Ajay Agrawal, Stuart Graham, and Timothy
     Simcoe. The special issue is open to papers presented at
     the conference, as well as papers not presented at the
     conference. Papers for the special issue will be submitted
     via the IJIO's online website and will go through the
     regular IJIO review process. The deadline for special issue
     submissions will be announced at a later date.


     Please direct any questions to:
     CONTACT:       Timothy Simcoe

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