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. The Center brings together technology and business leaders, government officials, lawyers, and academics to identify improvements in legal frameworks and policies that directly affect innovation. These include intellectual property, other R&D incentives, as well as industry-specific regulation in life sciences, information, and communications. In addition to a varied program of public events on Duke’s Durham, North Carolina, campus and at the University’s conference facilities in Washington, D.C., faculty undertake original research for presentation at conferences and/or for publication. The Center partners with Duke’s university‐wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, funded by Duke alumnus David Rubenstein, and with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Fuqua School of Business. It draws on the expertise of affiliated faculty across the University. A board of distinguished business leaders and former public officials advises the Center’s leadership.
The Center’s activities receive financial support from a variety of public and private nonprofit and for‐profit entities, including ongoing corporate sponsors. To ensure the Center’s objectivity and independence, it adheres to a set of restrictive guidelines in its relationships with financially-interested stakeholders.
The Center’s Faculty Co-Directors, law professors Stuart Benjamin and Arti Rai, have done extensive academic work on spectrum auctions, broadband regulation, patent system improvement, and effective diffusion of federally funded research. Benjamin and Rai have also translated their research into practice through appointments to senior executive positions at (respectively) the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.