Each year the Engelberg Center sponsors a Colloquium on Innovation Policy that includes both students and members of the innovation community, including other faculty at NYU, faculty at other universities, law practitioners, and industry representatives. Topics are chosen on a yearly basis by those serving as the Colloquium faculty for that year.

The Colloquium meets at NYU School of Law from 4:00-6:00pm. 

Talks scheduled for Tuesdays take place in Furman Hall Room 326 (245 Sullivan Street).
Talks scheduled for Thursdays take place in Vanderbilt Hall Room 202 (40 Washington Square South).

2 New York CLE Credits are available in the area of Professional Practice for each colloquia you attend.


Topic: To examine the role of incentives in intellectual property law. Starting with theories of intellectual property law, we will go on to study the effects of incentives to act creatively on individuals; the incentives that drive different categories of innovators, including users; norms that have arisen in spaces without intellectual property protection, such as fashion, and atop areas that do provide intellectual property protection, such as open-source software; and what incentives firms might need to innovate. We will draw on legal sources as well as related work in psychology, economics, and sociology.

Colloquium Faculty: Professors Jeanne Fromer and Katherine Strandburg




Tuesday, February 4

Alessandro Nuvolari, Associate Professor of Economic History, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy
Dissipating Rents: Some Historical Case Studies of Knowledge Sharing (with James Bessen, Boston University)

Thursday, February 20

Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
Making Do With A Misfit

Thursday, February 27

Nikolaus Franke, University Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business
The Seven IP Commandments of a Crowdsourcing Community: How Norms-Based IP Systems Overcome Imitation Problems (with Julia Bauer, WU Vienna, and Philipp Tuertscher, VU University Amsterdam)

Thursday, March 6

Andres Sawicki, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
Law and Informal Rules of Collaborative Creation (with Anthony Casey, University of Chicago Law School)

Thursday, March 13

Robert Eisenberger, Professor of Psychology and Management, University of Houston
Can Creativity Be Purchased? 

Thursday, March 27

Karim Lakhani, Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
How Disclosure Policies Impact Search in Open Innovation (with Kevin Boudreau, London Business School)

Tuesday, April 8

Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law, University of San Diego School of Law
The New Cognitive Property: Human Capital, Knowledge Creation, and the Reach of Intellectual Property

Thursday, May 1

Michael Burstein, Assistant Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Governing Innovation Prizes