The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law 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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Oil States and the Future of Post-Grant Review at the PTO

Friday, September 22, 2017
Duke in DC Conference Facilities, | 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 500 | Washington, DC

In June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, a case in which the petitioner argues that the Patent and Trademark Office’s inter partes review process for analyzing the validity of granted patents “violates the Constitution by extinguishing private property rights through a non-Article III forum without a jury.” This roundtable will gather legal scholars and practitioners from a variety of perspectives to discuss the background leading up to the case, arguments on both sides, and the impact of potential outcomes.

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Congressional Briefing — The Decline in Corporate Research: Should We Worry?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | Washington, DC

Government data and research point to a long decline in US corporate investment in upstream research. At the same time, the ratio of federal government R&D spending to GDP is at its lowest level since the early 1950s. How pervasive are these trends across countries, fields, technologies, industries, and firms of different sizes? Are corporate trends explained by global competition, financial market pressures, or other factors? Are there reasons policymakers should be concerned? If so, what policy levers should they look to—government spending, intellectual property, tax, or antitrust enforcement?

Speakers included Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Ashish Arora (Duke Fuqua School of Business), Steven Freilich (University of Delaware Energy Initiative), Stephen Merrill (Duke Law School), Arti Rai (Duke Law School), and Pian Shu (Harvard Business School).

This program was sponsored by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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The FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction: Lessons for the Future

Friday, May 12, 2017
Duke University's "Duke in DC" offices

The FCC concluded the most complex auction in history, the culmination of a decade-long planning process for moving spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband uses. On May 12, 2017, The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law held a half-day conference that identified lessons from this auction for spectrum policy, government disposition of assets (whether of spectrum or other resources), and the future of innovation policy generally.

Speakers included: Lawrence Ausubel, Univ. of Maryland, Power Auctions; Jonathan Chaplin, New Street Research; Paul de Sa, Quadra Partners; Gary Epstein, former Chair of Incentive Auction Task Force at FCC; Karla Hoffman, George Mason Univ.; Allan Ingraham, Economists Inc.; Edward Lazarus, Tribune Media; Michael Ostrovsky, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Preston Padden, Boulder Thinking; David Quinalty, Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee; Charla Rath, Verizon; Dorothy Robyn, former Commissioner at GSA; Gregory Rosston, Stanford Univ.; David Salant, Auction Technologies; Steve Sharkey, T-Mobile; and Ilya Segal, Stanford Univ.

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The Decline in Corporate Research: Should We Worry?

Friday, March 31, 2017
Duke University's "Duke in DC" offices

Government data and research point to a long decline in US corporate investment in upstream research. How pervasive is this trend across industries, technologies, and firms of different sizes? How does it compare with research spending by the federal government, universities, and companies abroad? Does it reflect less reliance on research, whoever performs it? Is it explained by capital market pressures, global competition, or other factors? Has it contributed to the slowdown in productivity growth? Are there other reasons policymakers should be concerned? If so, what policy levers should they look to—e.g., intellectual property, tax, government R&D spending, or antitrust enforcement?

Speakers included Eduardo Porter, New York Times columnist; Katrine Bosley, Editas Medicine CEO; Bill Raduchel, former AOL CTO; Bill Janeway, Warburg Pincus partner; Eric Toder, Tax Policy Center director; Howard Shelanski, former director OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; and scholars from Duke, Harvard, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon, and Berkeley.

This program was sponsored by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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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.

 

2016 Annual Report for
The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law has released its 2016 Annual Report. Download a copy here.


Announcing founding members of advisory board

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The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law 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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Duke International Forum 2016
China's Role in the Global Innovation System

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Center Executive Director Steve Merrill chaired an intellectual property panel at a May 21-22 conference probing Chinese progress toward an innovation economy. The conference, co-sponsored by The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, was held on the Duke campus in Kunshan, China. Panelists included Xiqing Gao, Tsinghua University Professor of Law and former President of the China Investment Corporation; Yuwen Liu, founding partner BOHE Angel Fund; and Kennett Jarrett, President of the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce.

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