Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern

Fifth Annual Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)-Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference on Intellectual Property and Innovation
Thursday, June 14 – Friday, June 15, 2012

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth presents the Fifth Annual Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)-Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference on Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship to be held at Northwestern University School of Law, Thursday, June 14, 2012-Friday, June 15, 2012. The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 14 to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, June 15. There will be a keynote address by James E. Malackowski, Chairman and CEO of Ocean Tomo, LLC, on Thursday afternoon. On Thursday evening, there will be a cocktail reception, dinner, and keynote address by Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, USPTO.

The USPTO and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are jointly sponsoring the conference. This conference is organized by Professor Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth and Elinor Hobbs Distinguished Professor of International Business, Professor of Management Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law (Courtesy), and Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, USPTO, and Georgia Tech College of Management.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

This conference will be an important component of the Searle Center’s expanded entrepreneurship and innovation focus. Conference participants will explore the connections between IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary conference will be composed of presentations by leading researchers in economics and law, and participating authors will have their papers formally discussed by leading thinkers in the field. In addition, the conference will draw audiences of academics in economics, law, and business, as well as legal and business practitioners, government officials, and public policy makers.

This program has been approved for 11.75 CLE credits in the State of Illinois.

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