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The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law is a forum for independent analysis and balanced discussion of policies for promoting technological innovation that enhances long-term social welfare.








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Conversations on Innovation:
New Thinking and New Approaches

The Place of Defense R&D in the U.S. Innovation System with Michael Brown and Denis Simon

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Conversations on Innovation: The Place of Defense R&D in the U.S. Innovation Space, with Michael Brown and Denis Simon, 07 Oct 2021

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law's seminar series "Conversations on Innovation: New Thinking and New Approaches" seeks to shed light on innovation policy issues that are on the horizon. The October 7 program featured Michael Brown, Director of the Defense Innovation Unit at the U.S. Department of Defense, in conversation with Dr. Denis Simon, Executive Director of the Center. After the discussion, there was ample time for questions from the audience.

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  • Michael Brown
    Director, Defense Innovation Unit,
    U.S. Department of Defense
  • Denis Simon moderator
    Executive Director, The Center for
    Innovation Policy at Duke Law

CO-SPONSORS:

▪ The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law
▪ Duke Law Center on Law, Ethics and
 National Security

▪ Duke University Center for International and
 Global Studies


Due to a technical problem, the recording of the program is audio-only.

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Conversations on Innovation:
New Thinking and New Approaches

The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act: What Will Success Look Like? with Aaron Chatterji, Kei Koizumi, and Stuart Benjamin

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Conversations on Innovation -- The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act: What Will Success Look Like? with Aaron Chatterji, Kei Koizumi, and Stuart Benjamin

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law's seminar series "Conversations on Innovation: New Thinking and New Approaches" seeks to shed light on innovation policy issues that are on the horizon. The September 9 program featured Dr. Ronnie Chatterji, Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Kei Koizumi, Chief of Staff at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, in conversation with Prof. Stuart Benjamin, Faculty Co-Director of the Center. They discussed the ramifications of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (approved by the Senate in June and pending in the House) and the larger innovation and competition issues surrounding it. In the short-, medium-, and long-term, how will we know if the Act is achieving its goals? What else will need to be done to ensure the future competitiveness of the American economy? After a lengthy exchange of perspectives by the participants, there were questions from the audience.

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Aaron Chatterji
    Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Kei Koizumi
    Chief of Staff, Office of Science and Technology
    Policy, Executive Office of the President
  • Stuart M. Benjamin moderator
    Faculty Co-Director of The Center for
    Innovation Policy at Duke Law and 

    William Van Alstyne Professor of Law

CO-SPONSORS:

▪ The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law
▪ Duke Science & Society
▪ Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative

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Journal of Law & Biosciences November 2020

Accountability, Secrecy, and Innovation in AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Software

Arti K. Rai, Isha Sharma, & Christina Silcox
Journal of Law and the Biosciences
14 November 2020

This article employs analytical and empirical tools to dissect the complex relationship between secrecy, accountability, and innovation incentives in clinical decision software enabled by machine learning (ML-CD). The authors provide specific suggestions for how FDA regulation, patent law, and tort liability could be tweaked to improve information flow without sacrificing innovation incentives.

Trust but verify September 2020

Trust, but Verify: Informational Challenges Surrounding AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Software

Christina Silcox, Arti K. Rai, & Isha Sharma
18 September 2020

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy white paper, funded by the Greenwall Foundation, discusses ways to incentivize innovation in AI-enabled medical products while effectively communicating how and when to use them.

Righting the Research Imbalance March 2018

Righting the Research Imbalance

Stephen A. Merrill
March 2018

Research in the physical sciences and engineering yields results important to technological innovation, national security, and economic growth. But since the end of the Cold War, public funding of work in these fields has lagged in relation to the size of the economy, expenditures by governments of other countries, and our own government’s support of the biological and medical sciences. This white paper documents the extent of the deficit, explains how it came about and why attempts to correct it have failed, shows that non-federal government sources of funding have not stepped up to compensate, and discusses needed next steps.

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Stuart Benjamin, Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director, The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law and William Van Alstyne Professor of Law

Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director, The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law

Denis Simon, Executive Director, The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law