The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim is pleased to announce its 4th conference on the economics of innovation and patenting. The conference is also the finale conference of the STRIKE Network which is supported by COST, an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. We aim at stimulating the discussion between international researchers conducting related empirical and theoretical analysis. In addition, the conference will focus on policy implications of recent research.

Topics of Interest

Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented contributions from all areas of the economics of innovation and patenting are welcome. A non-exhaustive list of topics is:

Science, Technology and Knowledge Creation

  • Sources of Knowledge and R&D Spillovers
  • Inventors and Inventor Surveys
  • Academic Patenting and Technology Transfer
  • R&D Collaboration

Diffusion of Science and Technology

  • Productivity and Firm Performance
  • Returns to R&D and Innovation
  • Globalisation and Innovation

Intellectual Property Rights

  • IPR Strategies
  • Patent Litigation
  • International Harmonisation of IPR Systems

Financing of Innovation

  • Public vs. Private Funding of Innovation
  • Venture Capital
  • Debt Financing

R&D and Innovation Policy

  • Evaluation of Technology Policy
  • Impact of Public Funding of R&D
  • European and National Policy Instruments
  • Tax Incentives for R&D

Innovation and Competition

  • Corporate Governance of Innovative Firms
  • Innovation & IPR on Competition
  • State Aid for R&D and Innovation

Keynote Speaker

  • Ben Martin, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex
  • Frank T. Rothaermel, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mark Schankerman, London School of Economics
  • Paula Stephan, Georgia State University

Round Table Discussion

The program includes two round table discussions on the topics "Towards a Truly European Patent System" and "From Lisbon to E2020". Participants will be:

  • Tony Clayton, Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office London
  • Stuart Graham, Chief Economist, USPTO
  • Dietmar Harhoff, LMU Munich & Chair of EFI (German Expert Commission on Research and Innovation)
  • Agust Ingthorsson, Member of COST domain Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) and Research Liaison Office, University of Iceland
  • Walter Mönig, German Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin
  • Marianne Paasi, EU Commission DG Research and Innovation
  • Nikolaus A. Thumm, Chief Economist, European Patent Office
  • Christian Tidona, CEO Biotech Cluster Heidelberg
  • Reinhilde Veugelers, KU Leuven

Scientific Advisory Council

  • Eric Bartelsman, VU University Amsterdam
  • Stefan Bender, Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg
  • Iain Cockburn, Boston University
  • Michele Cincera, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Paola Giuri, University of Bologna
  • Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester and Institute for Fiscal Studies London
  • Bronwyn Hall, University of California at Berkeley and Maastricht University
  • Dietmar Harhoff, LMU Munich
  • Jonathan Haskel, Imperial College London
  • Norbert Janz, Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • Jordi Jaumandreu, Boston University
  • Patrick Llerena, BETA Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg
  • Georg Licht, ZEW, Mannheim
  • Jacques Mairesse, CREST-ENSAE Paris and Maastricht University
  • Pierre Mohnen, UNU-Merit Maastricht and Maastricht University
  • Martin Peitz, University of Mannheim
  • Sonja Radas, Institute of Economics, Zagreb
  • Reinhilde Veugelers, KU Leuven

Call for Papers

Call for Papers, (PDF File, 311 KB)


A programme (including links to papers) will be made available here.
Please note: presenters may be kindly asked to discuss another paper.

Programme, PDF File, 118 KB

Interested researchers are invited to submit a paper or an extended abstract (min. 3 pages) to

Submission deadline: February 28, 2011
Notifications on acceptance not later than March 20, 2011
Participants presenting a paper are asked to submit a full text version not later than April 15, 2011.
Registration deadline: April 22, 2011

Conference Fee
The conference fee is € 160. The conference fee covers lunches, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages, the conference dinner and conference package.

Accommodation & Travel Costs
For participants who present a paper local accommodation will be covered. Travel cost for researchers belonging to the STRIKE or CAED network can be covered by COST. In addition, a selected number of travel grants will be available (preferably for PhD students at APEX fare level). More information is available from the organising committee.

Please use the electronic registration form provided by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) for your registration.

For information about the 3rd conference please visit the 2008 conference web page


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19.05.2011 - 20.05.2011

Event Location

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim, GermanyHow to reach the ZEW