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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tilburg June 15 2012 Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (IIPC) Conference

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The 2012 'Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (IIPC) Conference' is a Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC) event featuring the authors who received an IIPC grant from TILEC in 2011 to support their research and produce a paper. The selected papers deal with the economics of patents, copyright and competition. This year's conference is complemented by two morning sessions where leading European and American legal scholars will discuss issues related to patent law, competition and innovation.


8.30-9.00 Registration and Coffee

9.00 Welcome address and opening remarks

Session I: Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights Chair: Geertrui Van Overwalle (Tilburg University and KU Leuven)

9.15 The US Patent Reform and Its Impact on Innovation Speaker: Michael Meurer (Boston University)

9.45 The European Unitary Patent Protection: Progresses and Challenges Speaker: Hanns Ullrich (College of Europe - Bruges)

10.15 Discussion Session II: Innovation and Competition Chair: Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University, Tilec)

11.15 The Reform of the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation in the EU Speaker: Luc Peeperkorn (DG Competition, European Commission)

11.45 The 1995 Guidelines on Intellectual Property Licensing: The past, the present and the future Speaker: Bill Kovacic (George Washington University)

12.15 Discussion

12:45 Lunch Session III: Presentation of the papers awarded the IIPC Grant 2011 Chair: Eric van Damme (Tilburg University, Tilec)

14.00 Patent Trolls and Innovation Catherine Tucker (MIT)

14.40 Discussant: Michael Meurer (Boston University)

14.50 Open Discussion

15.10 Optimal Pricing and Quality of Academic Journals and the Ambiguous Welfare Effects of Forced Open Access: A Two-Sided Model Frank Müller-Langer (Max Plank Institute-Munich) and Richard Watt (University of Canterbury)

15.50 Discussant: Damien Geradin (Tilburg University, Tilec)

16.00 Open Discussion

16.20 Coffee Break

16.40 The Impact of Joint Patents on Incentive to Licence: Evidence from the US and Europe Andrea Fosfuri (Universidad Carlos III Madrid), Christian Helmers (Universidad Carlos III Madrid), Catherine Roux (University of St. Gallen)

17.20 Discussant: Esther van Zimmeren (KU Leuven)

17.30 Open Discussion

17:50 Conclusions

18.00 Drinks Participation to the conference is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Registration to this event is open until 1 June 2012. Please note that seats for the conference are limited. To receive an invitation for the conference, please register here. Tilec has a long-standing commitment to advanced research in the areas of innovation, intellectual property and competition. For more information about Tilec activities, research projects and publications please visit our website Should you have further queries, please contact Tilec event coordinator, Ms. Maartje van Genk, at the following email address

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