Seminar Series: featuring “Innovators, Firms, and Markets” by Jonathan Barnett
Tuesday, April 20 11:00am EDT
Presentation and Discussion
This LeadershIP seminar featured the book “Innovators, Firms, and Markets: The Organizational Logic of Intellectual Property” by Professor Jonathan Barnett. The key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth has wide-spread recognition. But where Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) fit in – whether IPRs suppress or drive innovation – has been a hotly debated topic in the past decades. Barnett’s new book sheds important light on this question by analyzing the relationship between IPRs, firm organization, and market structure. Guiding the research through a novel framework and rich empirical analysis, the book explores the power of IPRs in dismantling barriers to entry for smaller firms and disruptive inventors, thus unleashing a market for ideas that fuel innovation.
Professor Barnett’s presentation was followed by a joint discussion with Andrei Iancu, Former Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO), David Teece, Professor, Haas School of Business, University of Ca., Berkeley and Greg Raleigh, Venture Advisor, New Enterprise Associates (NEA).