[Ip-health] Reminder: Patent Pledges CFP reminder

Sean Michael Flynn sflynn at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jan 5 06:23:10 PST 2015

This is just a quick reminder that the deadline for abstract submissions for
the Patent Pledges symposium in June is coming up on Jan. 20, 2015.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Patent Pledges
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 20, 2015
Final Paper Deadline: June 1, 2015
Patent Pledges Symposium:  June 12, 2015

Patent holders are increasingly making voluntary, public commitments to
limit the enforcement and other exploitation of their patents. The
best-known form of patent pledge is the so-called FRAND commitment, in which
a patent holder commits to license patents to manufacturers of standardized
products on terms that are ³fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.² But
patent pledges have been appearing in fields and environments well beyond
technical standard-setting, including open source software, green technology
and the biosciences. Pledges include FRAND commitments, as well as
commitments not to assert patents against specified technologies or
entities, and not to transfer patents to non-practicing entities.

A one-day public symposium that explores the legal, economic and policy
implications of patent pledges will be held on June 12, 2015 at American
University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Research papers are
solicited on all aspects of patent pledges, including:
* Historical Comparisons
* Empirical Studies
* Economic Theories
* Antitrust/Competition Theories
* Contract Theories
* Patent Law Theories
* Equitable Theories
* Property Law Theories
* Remedies
* Organizational/Institutional Theory
* Comparative/International
* Regulatory Approaches
* Legislative Approaches
* Administrative Approaches
For additional background on patent pledges, see Jorge Contreras, Patent
Pledges(http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2525947), and the
database of non-SDO pledges contained at

A limited number of papers will be selected for presentation at the
symposium. Papers will be selected by an expert committee on the basis of
originality, methodology, diversity of viewpoints, and contribution to the
field. We invite papers from experienced scholars as well as graduate
students and junior scholars.

The authors of selected papers will receive an honorarium of US$1,500 plus
travel expenses to attend the symposium (to be split among multiple
authors). Payment will be contingent upon delivery of the accepted final
paper by the stated deadline and presentation of the paper at the symposium.


Jan. 20, 2015   Deadline for submission of abstract (500 words maximum)
together with CV or biographical summary

Feb. 15, 2015  Notification of acceptance/rejection

June 1, 2015   Completed papers (5,000 word minimum) must be submitted

June 12, 2015 Patent Pledges Symposium in Washington, DC

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and sent via email to:
mjacob at wcl.american.edu.

There is no publication commitment associated with the symposium, but we may
arrange for a law review special issue or edited volume to include the
accepted papers.
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