North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will host the IP/​Innovation Con­nec­tion Con­fer­ence on Monday and Tuesday for scholars, inno­va­tors, entre­pre­neurs, investors and pol­i­cy­makers from across the country who want to explore the dynamic rela­tion­ship between intel­lec­tual prop­erty and innovation.

The inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence — spon­sored by the School of Law and Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion — arrives at an oppor­tune time: On Sept. 16, Pres­i­dent Obama signed the America Invents Act, which the White House calls “his­toric patent reform leg­is­la­tion” that may lead to the cre­ation of new jobs and businesses.

The goals of the con­fer­ence, said pro­gram orga­nizer and North­eastern pro­fessor Susan Bar­bieri Mont­gomery, are twofold: to foster crit­ical analysis and prag­matic study of the dynamic rela­tion­ship between intel­lec­tual prop­erty (IP) and inno­va­tion and to encourage inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tion and scholarship.

We are very excited to create a space for people with dif­ferent views to come together and dis­cuss the double-​​edge of intel­lec­tual prop­erty exclu­sivity and its impact on the inno­va­tion envi­ron­ment in the United States,” said Mont­gomery, exec­u­tive pro­fessor of law and business.

The slate of events include a number of panel dis­cus­sions on a variety of topics, such as new growth theory, the future of inno­va­tion, and the impact of IP on inno­va­tion. Expert pan­elists include a chief econ­o­mist at the U.S. Patent & Trade­mark Office, Stuart Graham, exec­u­tives from nan­otech­nology, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and biotech­nology com­pa­nies and fac­ulty mem­bers from Boston Uni­ver­sity, Suf­folk Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Cincinnati.

An invitation-​​only event on Monday will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions by Edward McNierney, chief tech­nology officer of One Laptop Per Child, and John Maeda, pres­i­dent of Rhode Island School of Design.

Robert O. Lin­de­f­jeld, gen­eral counsel and chief IP counsel of Nan­tero, Inc., said he looks for­ward to exploring a poten­tial read­just­ment of the IP/​Innovation con­nec­tion on Tuesday.

One of the under­pin­nings of our patent system is the pro­vi­sion of a finan­cial incen­tive — in the form of pro­viding a period of exclu­sivity — aimed at encour­aging people to inno­vate and to pub­licly share inno­va­tions early,” he said. “The incen­tive, how­ever, can be a statu­tory ‘one-​​size fits all’ reward that might require adjustment.”