The Hoover Institution Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity (Hoover IP²) announced the agenda for its conference on “The Law and Economics of Patent Systems” that will be held at Stanford University on January 12–13, 2017.

Among the presenters are

  • Richard Epstein, who takes a broad-based approach to examining intellectual property law as it adjudicates between strong intellectual property rights (IPR) and the public domain, does so by comparing IPR to the ownership of natural resources.
  • Kira Gupta and Jay Kesan will present their findings on the change in the number and proportion of injunctions granted to Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) in the wake of a 2006 US Supreme Court decision
  • Josh Feng’s co-authored paper examines the characteristics of patents purchased by NPEs vis-à-via those purchased by practicing entities; the difference results in different litigation patterns.
  • Bronwyn Hall examines the effect of patent tickets on the entry of firms in the technology arena in the United Kingdom.
  • Jorge Padilla examines the interaction of royalty stacking and patent portfolios in his Hoover IP² Working Paper, “The Inverse Cournot Effect in Royalty Negotiations with Complementary Patents.”

Other presenters include Alexander Galetovic and Stephen Haber and Indranath Gupta and Vishwas Hebbidrumetlu Devaiah.

The conference is the seventh in a series of semiannual conferences organized by Hoover IP2. The conferences feature presentations of leading academic research addressing intellectual property rights, particularly how intellectual property rights affect innovation.

Space at the conference is limited, and attendance is by invitation only. To request a seat at the conference, e-mail