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Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
Co-sponsored by Northeastern University's School of Law and College of Business Administration

This conference will bring together innovators, scholars, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and others -- each with a different perspective -- to discuss the desired and real effects of intellectual property (IP) on innovation.  What is the incentive effect of IP and how does it vary?  When does IP encourage innovation?  When does IP serve as an impediment or inhibitor?  How do the answers vary depending on market, strategy or firm size?  How do we 'get it right' for the future innovation economy?

Our goal is to foster critical analysis and pragmatic study of the dynamic relationship between IP and innovation and to encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration and scholarship.  To that end, the conference will provide a forum for discussion of research across a range of disciplines and from diverse viewpoints and experiences in the innovation economy and generate specific questions, topics and opportunities for research and reform going forward, with a focus on sharpening our understanding and striving for the optimum IP/Innovation connection.


There is no registration fee, but attendance is limited and advance registration is required.  Please complete the registration form to reserve your place at the conference on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011.

Conference Agenda

Monday, September 26, 2011

4:30 to 8:30 p.m
Setting the Stage' 
Speaker session - by invitation only*

*  Attendance for ‘Setting the Stage’ on Monday, September 26, 2011, is by invitation only. To request an invitation, please send an email message with your name, affiliation and full contact information to Professor Susan Barbieri Montgomery at

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Limited Seating – Advance Registration Required
8:00 to 8:30 a.m. — Check in
Video Presentations

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. —
Welcome and Agenda
Co-sponsor Welcome:
Emily Spieler, Dean, Northeastern University School of Law
Overview of Agenda and Goals:
Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Executive Professor of Law and Business, School of Law and College of Business Administration, Northeastern University

9:00 to 10:30 a.m. —
The Role of IP as Incentive and Reward for Innovation
The foundational bargain and the current dynamic connection between IP and innovation, including key IP attributes, legal basis and economic impact of the incentive effect and balance of public interests
Kara Swanson, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law 
Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Suffolk University School of Law
Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, US Patent & Trademark Office
Michael Meurer, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

10:30 to 10:40 a.m. — Break

Video Presentations

10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. —
The Future of Innovation: Collaboration, Acceleration and Capture
Open Innovation, crowd sourcing, commons models and evolutionary approaches to design, development and research.
Gloria Barczak, Professor, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University
Brian Matt, Founder & CEO, Altitude, Inc.
Aidan Petrie, Co-Founder and CIO, Ximedica, Inc.
Anne H. Chasser, Associate Vice President, Office of Research, University of Cincinnati

12:10 to 1:30 p.m. —  Lunch
Co-Sponsor Welcome:
Gloria Barczak, Professor, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, and Director, Institute for Global Innovation Management (IGIM)
Keynote: The New Growth Theory
Barry Bluestone, Founding Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy; Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. — Varied Impact of IP on Innovation: From Incentive to Inhibition
A range of experiences with the real impact of IP on innovators in different firms, industries, markets and development models
Tucker Marion, Assistant Professor, School of Technological Entrepreneurship, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University
Christine Bellon, Vice President for IP, Hydra Bioscience
Gregory Sieczkiewicz, Vice President Intellectual Property, Flagship Ventures
Alex Aber, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

3:00 to 3:10 p.m. — Break
Video Presentations

3:10 to 4:40 p.m.  —
Tinkering with IP: Adjustments for Optimum Incentive Effect
The variety of structural, precedential and informal means of adjusting or rebalancing the IP/Innovation connection, changing norms and potential reforms
Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Executive Professor of Law and Business, Northeastern University
Robert O. Lindefjeld, General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel, Nantero, Inc.
Robert Armitage, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company
Jeremiah Johnston, General Counsel, Sedo

4:40 to 4:50 p.m.— Break
Video Presentations

4:50 to 5:30 p.m. — Reflections and Next Steps: Opportunities for Collaboration, Questions and Research Topics
Identifying next questions, strategic topics and opportunities for study, research and reform going forward
Tracey Dodenhoff, Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Northeastern University
Panel of Invited Commenters and Attendees

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. — Reception 


The Raytheon Amphitheater is located in Egan Hall at 120 Forsyth Street, adjacent to the Ruggles MBTA station. (Building 60 on the map link page). The university website also offers detailed directions and parking information.