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. The Center focuses on federal policy affecting information, communications, and intellectual property. The Center is based both in Duke’s Washington location and in Durham.  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’s conferences and other public events are supported by the Kauffman Foundation, the One Mind for Research Foundation, Google, Qualcomm, Comcast, AT&T.

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Fall 2015 Conference


When: Friday, October 9, 2015 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

This conference focused on the future of video competition. It built on changes in the marketplace as the universe of video providers, the forms of video programming, and the platforms used to distribute video have become more diverse. The conference considered what role, if any, the federal government should play in regulating video competition, including which government entities should be involved and the principles that should guide them.

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Summer 2015 Roundtable Discussion

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

When: 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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Wire-concept-3a2.pngFall 2014 Conference

Internet Regulation in 2020

When: October 17, 2014 


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New Approaches and Incentives in Drug DevelopmentInaugural Conference

New Approaches and Incentives in Drug Development

When: November 22, 2013

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