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.

When AI Helps Generate Inventions, Who Is the Inventor?

By Andrei Iancu and Rama Elluru This commentary from the CSIS-SCSP Task Force on IP in the AI Era was originally published in the Special Competitive Studies Project’s Substack on February 15, 2024. With roots in the U.S. constitution, patent rights provide an exclusive property right in new inventions like drugs,
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Standard Essential Patents and European Economic Security

By Kirti Gupta and Chris Borges On April 27, 2023, the European Commission published a draft proposal on standard essential patents (SEPs) seeking to address the perceived lack of transparency and predictability in the licensing of SEPs. The commission proposes the creation of a competence center within the European Union Intellectual
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Proposed Federal Use of March-in Rights Would Weaken American Innovation

By Sujai Shivakumar and Thomas Howell   The Biden administration is considering exercising something called “march-in rights” as a policy prescription to curb drug prices. But as with any prescription, there is a need to weigh efficacy against the side-effects. In this case, there is evidence that the vast majority of
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