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CALL FOR PAPERS: Patent Pledges (Patent Pledges Symposium: June 15, 2015 at American University)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Patent Pledges



Abstract Submission Deadline: January 20, 2015 Final Paper Deadline: June 1, 2015 Patent Pledges Symposium:  June 15, 2015

Patent holders are increasingly making voluntary, public commitments to limit the enforcement and other exploitation of their patents. The best-known form of patent pledge is the so-called FRAND commitment, in which a patent holder commits to license patents to manufacturers of standardized products on terms that are “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.” But patent pledges have been appearing in fields and environments well beyond technical standard-setting, including open source software, green technology and the biosciences. Pledges include FRAND commitments, as well as commitments not to assert patents against specified technologies or entities, and not to transfer patents to non-practicing entities.

A one-day public symposium that explores the legal, economic and policy implications of patent pledges will be held on June 12, 2015 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Research papers are solicited on all aspects of patent pledges, including:

  • Historical Comparisons
  • Empirical Studies
  • Economic Theories
  • Antitrust/Competition Theories
  • Contract Theories
  • Patent Law Theories
  • Equitable Theories
  • Property Law Theories
  • Remedies
  • Organizational/Institutional Theory
  • Comparative/International
  • Regulatory Approaches
  • Legislative Approaches
  • Administrative Approaches

For additional background on patent pledges, see Jorge Contreras, Patent Pledges (, and the database of non-SDO pledges contained at

A limited number of papers will be selected for presentation at the symposium. Papers will be selected by an expert committee on the basis of originality, methodology, diversity of viewpoints, and contribution to the field. We invite papers from experienced scholars as well as graduate students and junior scholars.

The authors of selected papers will receive an honorarium of US$1,500 plus travel expenses to attend the symposium (to be split among multiple authors). Payment will be contingent upon delivery of the accepted final paper by the stated deadline and presentation of the paper at the symposium.


Jan. 20, 2015   Deadline for submission of abstract (500 words maximum) together with CV or biographical summary

Feb. 15, 2015  Notification of acceptance/rejection

June 1, 2015   Completed papers (5,000 word minimum) must be submitted

June 12, 2015 Patent Pledges Symposium in Washington, DC

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and sent via email to:

There is no publication commitment associated with the symposium, but we may arrange for a law review special issue or edited volume to include the accepted papers.

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