Welcome to the first TOTM Blog Symposium. This is a format we hope to make more use of on TOTM in the future and we’ve got an ideal project to start with. For the next two days (and maybe three) we’ll be discussing Professor Michael Carrier’s (Rutgers) forthcoming book: Innovation for the 21st Century: Harnessing the Power of Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law. We’ve invited a number of leading commentators in both intellectual property and antitrust law to contribute to the symposium. I’m thrilled that each has agreed to participate. The lineup includes: Dan Crane (University of Chicago/ Cardozo), Geoff Manne (TOTM/LECG), Phil Weiser (Colorado), Dennis Crouch (Patently-O/Missouri), Brett Frischmann (Cornell/ Loyola), F. Scott Kieff (Wash U./ Hoover/ and on his way to GW), Mike Carrier, and me.
The format will be as follows. Today we’ll have posts from Crane, Manne, Weiser, and Wright on aspects of Innovation for the 21st Century which focus on competition policy. Tomorrow, Professors Frischmann, Kieff, and Crouch will focus on the intellectual property related proposals. Professor Carrier will have the opportunity to respond to the posts Tuesday evening or Wednesday. And of course, we hope that both participants and our normal group of high quality commentators will find some time to mix it up in the comments. The participants have been given broad leeway to discuss general themes in Carrier’s work or hone in on specific policy proposals.
With the formalities out of the way, you can expect the first of Monday’s posts to start in the early morning and then we’ll add throughout the day with posts from Crane, Manne, and Wright.
See you soon.