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IEP Presents Innovation and Intellectual Property Conference February 24

The Information Economy Project at George Mason University proudly presents an Innovation and Intellectual Property Conference entitled, "The Digital Inventor: How Entrepreneurs Compete on Platforms," on Friday, February 24, 2012, at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

The assembly line of our knowledge-based economy begins with technology discovery and ends with the moving target of a consumer market. Connectivity is funded and rewarded through exchanges of time, money, and digital goods. The conversation in this conference will identify key priorities in technology policy for innovation, network investment, and content delivery models. Articles will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy. George Mason University School of Law is accessible via Metro's Orange Line (Virginia Square/GMU station).


8:30 am  Breakfast Reception

8:45 am  Welcoming Remarks

  • Daniel Polsby, Dean, George Mason University School of Law
  • Thomas Hazlett, Prof. of Law & Economics, George Mason University

9:00 am  Breakfast Keynote: Design, Institutions, and the Evolution of Platforms

  • Richard Langlois, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics

9:30 am Platforms, Modularity, and Complementary Goods

  • Andrei Hagiu, Harvard Business School, Multi-Sided Platforms
  • Salil Mehra, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Platforms and the Choice of Models
  • Joshua Wright, George Mason University School of Law (moderator)

10:30 am  Industry Keynote

  • Donald Rosenberg, Qualcomm, Inc.

11:00 am  Patent Litigation: Software Patents, Licensing, and Mobile OS Platforms

  • Anne Layne-Farrar, Compass-Lexecon, The Brothers Grimm Book of Business Models: A Survey of Literature and Developments in Patent Acquisition and Litigation
  • James Bessen, Boston University School of Law, The Private Costs of Patent Litigation
  • Adam Mossoff, George Mason University School of Law (moderator)

12:00 pm  Luncheon Keynote: Why “Walled Gardens” Isn’t Inconsistent with Open Innovation: Understanding How Ecosystems “Management” Promotes Progress

  • David Teece, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

1:30 pm Adjourn

Reserve your seat via email: iep.gmu@gmail.com or fill out our online form. The conference is approved for 2 Virginia CLE credits; CLE registration will be $50 for GMU Law alumni and government employees, $80 for general registration, and $100 at the door.