Past Events

AI in the Administrative State: Applications, Innovations, Transparency, Adaptivity

Friday, May 4, 2018, Duke Law School, Durham, N.C.

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, the Duke Center on Law & Technology, the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, and the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute of Ethics held a joint conference at Duke University to explore promising uses of AI and the challenges they pose in administering diverse governmental functions involving science, technology, health and intellectual property. » More

Are Patents Under Attack?

Friday, April 6, 2018, Duke Law School, Durham, N.C.

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law and the Federal Circuit Bar Association presented a one-day program focusing on important patent issues affecting the protection of cutting-edge technology. The program provided 7 hours of CLE credit. Sessions: "Women in IP Breakfast"; "The Impact of Recent Section 101 Patent Eligibility Cases on U.S. Innovation"; "Hot Topics in PTAB Proceedings"; "Moderated Discussion with The Honorable Todd M. Hughes, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit"; "Supreme Court Review of Federal Circuit Decisions"; "A View from the Bench" (judges discuss effective advocacy and brief writing); and, "Diversity in Courts, Agencies, Corporations and Law Firms."

Is Administrative Review of Granted Patents Constitutional?

Friday, September 22, 2017, Washington, D.C.

This half-day conference presented a variety of perspectives on the potential impacts of Oil States Energy Services v. Greene's Energy Group—oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court were heard on November 27, 2017. » More

This event was funded through support from Google and InterDigital.

The FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction: Lessons for the Future

Friday, May 12, 2017, Washington, D.C.

The Center presented a half-day conference to discuss the recently-ended FCC spectrum incentive auction and to analyze any lessons the auction presented for spectrum policy, disposition of assets, and innovation policy. » More

The Decline in Corporate Research: Should We Worry?

Friday, March 31, 2017, and Tuesday, June 6, 2017; Washington, D.C.

On March 31st, the Center convened a conference to examine the long decline in U.S. corporate investment in research and then on June 6th presented a briefing on the general decline in investment in research (corporate and governmental) for the Senate Competitiveness Caucus.   » More on the conference» More on the Congressional briefing

Both programs were sponsored by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Conferences on Patent Quality

Friday, September 9, 2016, Santa Clara, California, and
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Alexandria, Virginia

The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law and the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute sponsored a series of conferences on patent quality, examining: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) efforts on patent quality; assessing the progress of these efforts; and exploring next steps in the PTO’s continuing efforts to ensure the highest quality for U.S. patents. A series of op-ed pieces were published on Law360 in relation to the conferences and a wrap-up piece appeared on Patently-O. » More

Duke International Forum 2016:

China's Role in the Global Innovation System

Saturday, May 21, 2016, and Sunday, May 22, 2016, Kunshan, China

Center Executive Director Steve Merrill chaired an intellectual property panel at this conference probing Chinese progress toward an innovation economy. Co-sponsored by The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law, the conference was held on the Duke campus in Kunshan, China. Panelists included Xiqing Gao, Tsinghua University Professor of Law and former President of the China Investment Corporation; Yuwen Liu, founding partner BOHE Angel Fund; and Kennett Jarrett, President of the Shanghai American Chamber of Commerce. » More

Legal Innovators Showcase

Thursday, September 29, 2016, Durham, North Carolina
Part of Duke's Entrepreneurship Week 2016

The program highlighted current innovations in the legal profession and investigated potential new directions for innovation through presentations by companies and thought-provoking Darwin Talks from experts. » More

Entrepreneurship Education: Developing a Community of Practice

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 and Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Durham, North Carolina

The conference included panels of EE program leaders, graduates, venture investors and entrepreneurs, and breakout sessions on pedagogical issues, support systems (incubators, accelerators, finance, and IP rights), and opportunities to develop a more robust evidence base for EE curricula. » More

A Copyright Office for the 21st Century

Friday, March 18, 2016, Washington, D.C.

A joint program of The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law and the New York University Law School's Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, the conference assembled experts from academia, industry, and government to discuss ways to modernize the U.S. Copyright Office to best serve the needs of content creators, distributors, users, and the general public in the digital era. » More

The Future of Video Competition and Regulation

Friday, October 9, 2015, Washington, D.C.

This conference explored a myriad of issues related to the rapidly changing area of video programming, including business models and the types and appropriateness of government regulations. » More

The PTAB’s Post-Grant Review Proceedings: A Review of the Evidence

June 3, 2015, Washington, D.C.

A presentation of policy-relevant empirical research on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), examining PTAB proceedings and litigation strategies. » More

Internet Regulation in 2020

October 17, 2014, Washington, D.C.

A discussion of the future of the Internet with Vint Cert, Tim Berners-Lee, Jon Sallet, and other speakers, including topics such as innovation and regulation. » More

New Approaches and Incentives in Drug Development

November 22, 2013, Washington, D.C.

The Center's inaugural conference focusing on the problems facing biopharmaceutical research & development and innovative solutions to address these issues. » More