Professor Melissa Wasserman Co-Organizes Empirical Patent Law Conference

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Professor Melissa Wasserman is teaming up with the Cornell Law School Law and Economics Program to host the inaugural Empirical Patent Law Conference. The conference, to be held on September 28, 2012 at Cornell, is co-sponsored and co-organized by the University of Illinois Program in Law, Behavior, and Social Science.

The conference brings together a diverse mix of scholars in patent law, economics, and policy. Topics include, among others: the possible distortionary effect of patent term duration on biopharmacuetical innovation, the unintended consequences of tort reform on intellectual property litigation, and the effects of adopting the first-to-file system on small inventors. 

Presenters include:

  • David Abrams, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • John Golden, University of Texas School of Law
  • Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
  • Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law
  • Bhaven Sampat, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Heidi Williams, MIT Department of Economics

Discussants include:

  • Michael Frakes, Cornell Law School
  • Aija Leiponen, Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Oskar Liivak, Cornell Law School
  • Melissa Wasserman, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Nicolas Ziebarth, Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis and Management