Center for Innovation Policy

The Center for Innovation Policy brings together legal professionals, technology and business leaders, government officials, and academic experts to identify improvements to federal law and policy that will promote innovation and economic growth. Focusing on federal policy affecting information, communications, and intellectual property, the Center works from both Duke’s main campuses in Durham, N.C., and the university’s facilities in Washington, D.C.  It has a partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and is also part of the university-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative funded by Duke alumnus David Rubenstein. In addition to funding from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Center receives funding from Duke Law School.  The Center presents a varied schedule of conferences and other public events which have enjoyed support from various organizations including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the One Mind for Research Foundation, Google, Qualcomm, Comcast, and AT&T.
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Call for Participants: Conferences on Patent Quality

Friday, September 9, 2016, Santa Clara, California and
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Alexandria, Virginia

The Center, along with the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute (HTLI) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), are sponsoring a pair of conferences on patent quality. The conferences are designed to examine the PTO's ongoing efforts on patent quality, to assess the progress of these efforts, and to explore next steps in the PTO's continuing efforts to ensure the highest quality for U.S. patents.

Deadline for proposals: June 1, 2016

Hashtag: #PatentQualityConf

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Entrepreneurship Education: Developing a Community of Practice

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 and Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By invitation only

The conference included panels of EE program leaders, graduates, venture investors and entrepreneurs, and breakout sessions on pedagogical issues, support systems (incubators, accelerators, finance, and IP rights), and opportunities to develop a more robust evidence base for EE curricula. The program was organized by the Duke Law School Center for Innovation Policy, the Duke-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, and the Fuqua School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Science Foundation’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program.

Hashtag: #TeachingEship

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A Copyright Office for the 21st Century LogoSpring 2016 Conference

A Copyright Office for the 21st Century

Friday, March 18, 2016



Center Receives Government and Foundation Grants


In December 2015 the Center was successful in securing grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for support of the following activities in 2016:

  • Entrepreneurship Education. With NSF and Kauffman Foundation support, the Center and the university-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative will convene faculty and administrators of leading business, law, and other professional schools and undergraduate institutions across the country in a conference to explore the objectives, methods, and evaluation of university entrepreneurship education programs. The meeting will focus on curricula, student recruitment and evaluation, the role of entrepreneurs as teachers and mentors, the importance of related support structures such incubators and investment funds, and opportunities for research on student outcomes. The objective is to develop a community of best practices taking into account the differences among universities and their locales and between undergraduate and professional students’ learning objectives. The meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3-4, on the Duke Campus in Durham.

  • Changes in the Innovation System. In the Fall of 2016, with Kauffman Foundation support, the Center will commence a series of academy-industry conferences on documented changes in the U.S. innovation system. The first conference will focus on the decline in fundamental research investment, both public and private – what are its sources, whether the decline adversely affects the rate and direction of innovation in the economy, whether alternative sources of new technology have emerged, and, if not, what can be done to moderate or reverse the trend. Subsequent conferences will address the tendency of most U.S. firms to outsource much of their acquisition of new technologies and economists’ observation that the formation of new innovative firms dropped off long before the great recession and has not recovered. The Senate Competitiveness Caucus has invited the Center to brief Senators and staff on the results of these meetings.


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The Future of Video Competition and Regulation

Friday, October 9, 2015


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Summer 2015 Roundtable Discussion

The PTAB’s Post-Grant Review Proceedings: A Review of the Evidence

June 3, 2015

This half-day roundtable presented policy-relevant empirical research on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  It examined questions such as who is using the PTAB proceedings (both IPRs and CBMs); against whom these proceedings are being brought; grounds for petitions; and how petitions are faring. It also examined strategic choices being made in the choice between district court litigation and the PTAB.

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Internet Regulation in 2020

October 17, 2014 


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New Approaches and Incentives in Drug DevelopmentFall 2013 Conference

New Approaches and Incentives in Drug Development

November 22, 2013

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Announcing founding members of advisory board

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Duke Law's Center for Innovation Policy has named 10 founding members to its advisory board, including senior officials from several of the world's largest technology companies. Advisory board members will assist the center in convening roundtables and conferences around cutting-edge subjects in innovation policy.

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