The guiding principles of the Working Group are two-fold:
Of the broad range of vehicles by which scholars can disseminate their research, conferences are among the most efficient. At conferences, researchers are able to share their ideas, present their findings, and engage in scholarly debate with of their colleagues.
At Hoover IP² conferences, which draw participants from a variety of fields, invited researchers have the opportunity to present their findings to those with different theoretical perspectives and academic training and, thus, to test if their results are robust to alternative ways of looking at evidence.
By including scholars from a wide variety of disciplines (for example, business, economics, engineering, history, law, medicine and the life sciences, and political science), the Hoover IP² conferences will expand the number of researchers in the patent literature beyond the legal academy and encourage interdisciplinary scholarly research.