Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth Sixth Annual Roundtable on Standard Setting Organizations and Patents
Call For Papers

Matthew L. Spitzer, Director
Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Friday, May 18, 2018

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Sixth Annual Roundtable on Standard Setting Organizations and Patents. The roundtable will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL. The roundtable will run from approximately 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

ROUNDTABLE OVERVIEW: The roundtable is organized by Daniel F. Spulber. The papers for this roundtable will be selected by a scientific committee that includes Justus Baron and Pere Arqué-Castells.

The goal of this roundtable 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 antitrust, intellectual property (IP), technology standards, and innovation.

For information on previous roundtables please see:

This invitation-only roundtable will feature empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary roundtable will be composed of presentations by researchers in economics and law, and there will be discussants for each of the papers.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include:
- Antitrust and Intellectual Property (IP)
- Technology Standards
- Standard Setting Organizations
- Standard Essential Patents
- Patent Licensing and technology transfers
- Intellectual Property (IP) rights and public policy

Please note the following:
- Complete papers for the roundtable should be submitted to the following email address:
- Abstracts, incomplete papers, or proposals will not be accepted. The papers should not be either published or forthcoming.
- The submitting author should be the one who intends to present the paper here in Chicago.
- Authors of each accepted paper will receive an allotted speaker fee of $1,000 per paper, regardless of the number of authors. If more than one author attends the roundtable, the honorarium or travel reimbursement can be divided equally between the attending authors.
- The Searle Center will also reserve and pay for hotel accommodations for attending authors and discussants for the nights of Wednesday, May 17, 2018 and Thursday, May 18, 2018. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the roundtable.

- Roundtable Papers Submission Deadline: Papers for the roundtable should be submitted to the following email address: by January 15, 2018.
- Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions on or around February 5, 2018.

Papers prepared for the roundtable will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website -

JEMS SUBMISSIONS: Independent of the roundtable, the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (JEMS) continues to publish high-quality work in the area of innovation economics. JEMS welcomes both empirical and theoretical contributions. Submissions to JEMS are subject to the standard peer-review process. To submit a manuscript to JEMS, visit ScholarOne at To learn more, visit the journal website: If you have any questions about JEMS, contact the journal editorial assistant by e-mail: Elterman, Karen,

ABOUT THE SEARLE CENTER: The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth. Information on the Searle Center's activities may be found at:

Posted: 5 Oct 2017