Law and the Economics of Innovation
General Catalog Course Title:
Law and the Economics of Innovation
Terms Offered:
Fall 2011
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Scotchmer, S.

The course discusses how the creation of knowledge and artistic, literary and musical works are supported in a competitive economy, especially in the digital age. This includes a discussion of intellectual property, broadly construed as patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trade marks and geographic indications, in historical and institutional context, recognizing that intellectual property is only one way to reward authors and other creators. We also consider public funding in its many guises, and why (or if) there should be public sector funding in parallel to, or instead of, private mechanisms of reward, the problems of competition that arise in the digital economy, especially where firms must choose between sharing common standards for delivering content or developing proprietary standards, and whether legal rules should govern these choices. We will discuss some major competition issues that have arisen in the digital economy, such as Google Books, the Microsoft antitrust cases, and the competitiveness of search advertising when there is a dominant search provider such as Google.

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