Law 681 - What Drives Innovation

Neil W. Netanel

Neil W. Netanel

Pete Kameron Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1976
J.D. UC, Berkeley, 1980
J.S.D. Stanford, 1998
UCLA Faculty Since 2004
Course Description:

This seminar canvasses a range of issues and views regarding how to structure innovation law and policy to spur greater technological innovation. Much debated issues in this area include whether innovation is best furthered by (1) allowing firm concentration and monopoly or rigorously applying antitrust law to promote competition, (2) robust or weak intellectual property protections, (3) robust or weak barriers to employee mobility, (4) government funding of higher education and R & D, and (5) government intervention to foster venture capital investment through tax incentives, regulation of capital markets, and direct funding. We will also engage in comparative analysis across countries at different stages of development and across industry sectors. As we shall see, one size of innovation law and policy does not necessarily fit all. We shall thus consider how innovation law and policy might best be tailored for specific contexts and conditions.

The seminar will be multiple listed as a graduate seminar in the Department of Public Policy. Accordingly, it will meet once a week for each of the ten weeks of Winter Quarter, beginning the week of January 9. Students will be required to participate in seminar discussion and submit (1) one-page response papers highlighting issues and questions that arise in each of the ten sets of readings and (2) a ten to fifteen-page research paper on an aspect of innovation law and policy of the student’s choice. The ten to fifteen-page paper will not satisfy the SAW requirement. But law students who wish to satisfy the requirement may, instead, write a longer paper – at least thirty pages exclusive of footnotes. Those longer papers would be due at the end of the law school semester.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Neil Netanel 17S 681 SEM 1 T 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
  Law 681 will meet 1/10/2017 - 3/14/2017.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2017 SEM 1
Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail    
ISBN: 9781633691780. Harvard Business Review Press. REQUIRED $25.00
Jaffe and Lerner. Innovation and Its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What to Do About It    
ISBN: 9780691127941. Princeton University Press. REQUIRED $29.95
Lerner, Joshua Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital have Failed--and What to Do About It    
ISBN: 9780691154534. Princeton University Press. REQUIRED $18.95
Lobel, Orly. Talent Wants to Be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free Riding    
ISBN: 9780300166279. Yale University Press. REQUIRED $35.00
Senor and Singer. Start-Up Nation: the Story of Israel's Economic Miracle    
ISBN: 9780446541473. Twelve. REQUIRED $16.00
Wu, Tim. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires    
ISBN: 9780307390998. Alfred A. Knopf. REQUIRED $15.95