Justus Baron

Dr. Justus Baron is a Senior Research Associate in Economics at Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law. Dr. Baron’s research focuses on technological innovation, standardization, and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Dr. Baron has written scholarly articles published in leading outlets, such as Research Policy, Antitrust Law Journal, and the International Journal of Industrial Organization, as well as several comprehensive policy reports for the European Commission. Dr. Baron has created the Searle Center Database, a collection of datasets on technology standards and SEPs used by numerous scholars in various fields.

Dr. Baron was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Standard Essential Patents (SEP), and currently is the lead researcher of a consortium assisting the European Commission with an Impact Assessment on SEPs. Dr. Baron also frequently writes on standardization policy and the governance of standards organizations. Dr. Baron was one of the authors of a comprehensive EU report on SDO governance and SDO decision-making on IPR, has briefed the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Standards Subcommittee on the importance and measurement of leadership in standardization, and currently participates in a research project of the CERRE think tank on the EU’s Standardization Strategy.

Assessing the Patent and Trademark Office’s Inventorship Guidance for AI-Assisted Inventions

By Alexander Kersten As new applications of artificial intelligence (AI) become more sophisticated, AI tools are increasingly used to assist in the process of invention. However, given that inventorship is limited to natural persons under U.S. law, AI’s growing utilization has raised questions around whether AI-assisted inventions should receive patents,
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Securing IP and the Future of Pandemic Preparedness

By Jeffrey Depp In December 2021, member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a Special Session of the World Health Assembly created an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (“Pandemic Agreement”). The
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The Use of March-In Rights Could Undermine Innovation and National Security

By Hideki Tomoshige and Sujai Shivakumar By accelerating new products to market, the nation’s innovation system—a network of interconnected activities across university researchers, small and large businesses, and venture capital and other financial organizations, among other actors—enhances economic growth, competitiveness, and national security. Securing the future of this innovation system
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