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Inventing Innovation: Intersections between IP, STS, and Management

An Inaugural Event of the UC Davis Center for Innovation Studies October 14, 2010, 2-4 p.m. UC Davis School of Law
When Oct 14, 2010
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
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"Inventing Innovation: Intersections between IP, STS, and Management"

by Chris Kortright last modified Oct 15, 2010 01:50 PM History
An Inaugural Event of the UC Davis Center for Innovation Studies October 14, 2010, 2-4 p.m. UC Davis School of Law

"Inventing Innovation: Intersections between IP, STS, and Management"

Centers for Innovation are not uncommon in US law and business schools and are becoming particularly popular in Europe.  However, different methodologies, disciplines, and research questions can be found under the same name on the two sides of the ocean.  The main difference is the central role that STS (science and technology studies) plays in most EU centers for innovations studies, which are often built around STS, with institutional linkages to law, management, science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy.  One can find such linkages in the US as well but they tend to be developed on a smaller and often individual scale by scholars who read and travel across disciplinary lines.

The newly established UC Davis Center for Innovation Studies promotes a broader conceptualization of innovation and seeks to develop an institutional environment in which innovation can be studied in all its dimensions by the disciplines and methodologies that are best equipped to that task.  Not only do we want to look at what happens before a patent application or a scientific article are drafted (that is, at the science pole of STS as much as at the technology end), but also at those incentives for innovation that might be better noticed and understood by anthropology or art history than by economics.  We want to look at users' innovation (in both the global North and South) as much as at technology transfer; at the development of legal tools for IP protection of new technologies as much as norm-based forms of "IP without IP".

There is no doubt that IP is and will remain a central focus of innovation studies -- both in its present form and in the new 'species' in which it will mutate in the future. Innovation will change too -- not only the products of innovation but also its dynamics, factors, and incentives.  IP's ability to map and understand present and future innovation will depend -- perhaps necessarily so -- on its ability to interface with the other disciplines that study innovation.  We hope this workshop will provide the occasion for collaboratively outlining an interdisciplinary understanding of and approach to innovation.

Speakers:
Mario Biagioli, Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies and Director, Center for Science and Innovation Studies, UC Davis
"Intellectual Property and Innovation Studies: Networking Law, Science Studies, and Management"

Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law, UC Davis
"Interdisciplinarity Beyond Economics: From Anthropology to Postcolonial Theory"

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