Workshop in Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property

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We are pleased to announce the seventh annual Workshop on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property. The event is co-sponsored by Duke Law School and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and it will take place at Duke Law in Durham, NC on July 25-26, 2023.

The workshop is intended to give scholars engaging in empirical studies of IP a chance to receive feedback on their work at an early stage in their research. Projects using any variety of empirical methods, including experimental methods and qualitative methods, are welcome. The workshop will be limited to a small cohort of scholars discussing projects that are still in their developmental stages. Projects that will have substantially begun data collection by the time of the roundtable are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.

To ensure substantial individualized feedback, the workshop will be organized around a modest number of projects. Each project will be assigned to an expert commenter and will be allotted 45 minutes of discussion by the attendees.

We welcome applications from scholars in social science departments, business schools, and law schools. Domestic travel and lodging support for presenters will be provided.

Applications are due May 1, 2023.

To apply to present at the workshop, please email with the following information:

Institutional Affiliation
Title of Project
Description of Project (500-1000 words) including the issues to be addressed and the empirical methods to be employed.
Acknowledgement that the project will not have reached substantial data collection by the time of the workshop.

We will notify applicants by May 8, 2023.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you this summer!


Christopher Buccafusco                     David Schwartz

Duke University Law School              Northwestern Pritzker School of Law