Call For Papers and Proposals
Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth Research Roundtable and edited book on Technology Standards and Innovation

Max Schanzenbach, Director
Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - Friday February 8, 2013, Chicago, IL

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers and proposals to be presented at a Research Roundtable Conference on Technology Standards and Innovation. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL on Thursday, February 7, 2013 and Friday February 8, 2013.

OVERVIEW: The papers will be published in an edited volume and cannot be submitted elsewhere for publication. There will be time after the conference to prepare completed drafts of the papers before publication. The conference will obtain a publisher after the book is completed.

At this stage, research proposals and preliminary versions of papers are sufficient. If a proposal is accepted for the conference and volume, the authors will receive an honorarium of $8,000 for the completed paper. Additional details will be provided upon submission. We are seeking both empirical and theoretical work in economics.

The conference and edited volume are being organized by Daniel F. Spulber (Northwestern University).

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 innovation focus. Conference participants will explore the connections between IP, invention, and innovation through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. The Searle Center has received support from Qualcomm and other companies and institutions.

THEME AND TOPICS: The theme of the conference is on market-based approaches to standard setting. The conference will explore the economic benefits and costs of intellectual property (IP) protections in the context of standards. The conference will focus on the positive economics of incentives for invention and incentives for innovation and commercialization rather than the more standard normative economics calling for regulation of technology transfer contracts. The conference will focus on generating new and original scholarship in the following areas.
- Benefits and costs of technology standards in a market equilibrium setting
- Market coordination of technology adoption by inventors, innovators, investors, consumers
- Coordination by market participants through Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs)
- Implications of technology standards for invention incentives
- Implications of technology standards for innovation (commercialization of technology)
- Implications of technology standards for investment in application and development of technology
- Technology standards and antitrust policy
- Technology standards, licensing, and patents

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Proposals and papers for the conference should be submitted to Susie Caruso at the following email address:

REVIEW PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE: Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Proposals for the conference and edited volume should be submitted to Susie Caruso at the following email address: by August 30, 2012.

Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by September 10, 2012.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 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 7/29/12