Worldwide: IP Strategy – More Than Meets The Eye



How did you become interested in intellectual property?

I happened to be a Ph.D. student at Cal (University of California at Berkeley) at the same time as a lot of great scholars in intellectual property, which was a fabulous resource. The primary lenses used by these scholars were either law (I benefited greatly from Mark Lemley, Rob Merges, Pamela Samuelson) or economics (Bronwyn Hall, David Mowery, Suzanne Scotchmer, Carl Shapiro, Hal Varian, Brian Wright) ... I may be unintentionally omitting some people. I wanted to do something a little different ... more managerial, strategically oriented ... closer in spirit to David Teece, who was a big influence. I got an opportunity to work on a project studying international differences in patent protection, and it just went on from there.