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.

China’s Practice of Anti-Suit Injunctions in SEP Litigation: Transplant or False Friend?

In 2020, China abruptly became the largest grantor of anti-suit injunctions (ASIs), which are court orders that prevent the opposing party from beginning or continuing a proceeding in another jurisdiction. China’s use of ASIs, which were used to address patent litigation initiated in a foreign country, was explicitly supported by
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The Battle Over Patents: A Summary

Adapted from The Battle over Patents: History and Politics of Innovation, edited by Stephen H. Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux (Oxford University Press, 2021). Complaints about the patent system are not new. Virtually all arguments that critics seize upon today to support their suggestions for a patent reform have
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IP is Not IP: Intellectual Property is Not Industrial Policy, and Why This Matters 

Competition by China with the United States for global leadership in innovation has prompted anew an age-old policy debate: What are the best policies and legal institutions to promote next-generation inventions like 5G, AI, and mRNA vaccines? Are innovations best promoted and distributed either through industrial policy initiatives like prizes,
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