Communication of Technical Knowledge

Boston University School of Law

With support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Room 620 Law School

Thursday, June 17

8:20 - 8:50a | Breakfast


8:50 - 9:00a

Welcome, Dean Maureen O'Rourke

1. Employee Movement and Innovation

9:00 - 11:15a

Moderator: Megan MacGarvie, BU Management

Lee Fleming, Harvard Business School, “Regional Disadvantage? Non-compete agreements and brain drain

Viral Acharya, NYU Stern School of Business, “Wrongful Discharge Laws and Innovation” (also, supplementary paper)

April Franco, Toronto Rotman School of Management, TBA

11:15 - 11:30p | Break

2. Labor/Employment Law and Intellectual Property

11:30 - 1:00p

Moderator: Keith Hylton, BU Law

Catherine Fisk, UC, Irvine Law, “The Writers Guild of America: Unions and Intellectual Property

Alan Hyde, Rutgers, Newark Law, “Intellectual Property Justifications for Restricting Employee Mobility: A Critical Appraisal in Light of the Economic Evidence

1:00 – 2:00p | LUNCH

3. IP and Academic Research

2:00 – 3:30p

Moderator: Wendy Gordon, BU Law

Heidi Williams, Harvard University Economics, “Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Evidence from the Human Genome

Katherine Strandburg, NYU Law, “User Innovator Community Norms at the Boundary between Academic and Industry Research

3:30 – 3:45p | Break

4. Free exchange of knowledge 

3:45 - 5:15p

Moderator: Wes Cohen, Duke Fuqua School of Business

Alessandro Nuvolari, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, “Patents and Industrialization: An overview of the British case, 1624-1907

Tim Simcoe, BU Management, “IP [Internet Protocol] Layers and Modularity” (slides)


Friday June 18

8:30 - 9:00a | Breakfast

5. Free Exchange of Knowledge (continued)

9:00 - 10:30a

Moderator: Stuart Graham, Patent and Trademark Office

Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan School, “Extensive free revealing by industrial and consumer user-innovators”

James Bessen, BU School of Law and Research on Innovation, “The Two Faces of Technical Knowledge

10:30 - 10:45a | Break

6. Tracking Technical Communication

10:45 - 12:15p

Moderator: Mike Scherer, Harvard Kennedy School

Peter Meyer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “A Pre-history of the Airplane Industry

Alessandro Nuvolari, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, “Mr. Woodcroft and the Value of English Patents, 1617-1841

12:15 - 1:30p |  LUNCH

7. Patent Disclosure

1:30 - 3:00p

Moderator: Iain Cockburn, BU Management

Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego Law “Do Entrepreneurs Read Patents?

Michael Meurer, BU Law, “Patent Notice Failure and Cumulative Innovation

Final Statements