PUBLISHED:March 19, 2008

Frey Lecture in Intellectual Property: "A non-obvious discussion of patents"

March 21, 2008 -- Economist and public policy scholar Suzanne Scotchmer will deliver Duke Law School’s seventh annual Meredith and Kip Frey Lecture in Intellectual Property on April 3. Her address, titled “A non-obvious discussion of patents,” will begin at 12:15 p.m. in room 3041. It also will be webcast live.

This event is free and open to the public. Duke Law School is located at the corner of Towerview Road and Science Drive on Duke’s West Campus. Parking is available at the Bryan Center. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis, with a dessert reception to follow the talk.

A professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of Innovations and Incentives, Scotchmer’s current scholarship focuses on the economics, policy, and law of innovation, including intellectual property. She also has published widely in economic theory and game theory. She is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy and serves as a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and on the boards of the Toulouse School of Economics and the American Law and Economics Association, among others.

Funded by Meredith and Kip Frey ’85, the Frey lecture annually brings an outstanding thinker on intellectual property issues to Duke Law School. Previous speakers have included Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, Professors Lawrence Lessig, Yochai Benkler, Lewis Branscomb, and Pamela Samuelson, and the late Jack Valenti, longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America.

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