Call for Papers: Patents, Standards, and Innovation

Call for Papers:

The National Bureau of Economic Research’s Innovation Policy and the Economy Working Group is seeking paper proposals for a conference on Patents, Standards and Innovation. The goal of this conference is to promote 
original empirical and theoretical research on intellectual property issues in technologies or sectors in which de facto, voluntary, legal or technical standards play an important role.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, patent thickets, compatibility standards, cross-licensing, patent pools, collective rights management, trade-related aspects of technical standardization, and open technology platforms. The conference will be co-sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Interested authors are encouraged to submit a two-page research proposal that includes an abstract of the intended paper, an outline of the methodologies to be used, and a brief statement about the current state of the research project. Proposals should be submitted by March 3, 2011, via the NBER web site, at:

 Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 15, 2011. A pre-conference is scheduled for May 7, 2011 in Cambridge, MA, and the formal conference will be held in late 2011 or early 2012. Authors of accepted papers will be reimbursed
for regular transportation expenses (one author for the pre-conference and up to two authors for conference), and receive an honorarium of $7,500 per paper for timely submission of the draft and final manuscript.

Contact Information:

Timothy Simcoe


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