Patent Conference VI – Call for Abstracts



Event Date: 

04/8/16 to 04/9/16

Location name: 



Boston College Law School

The sixth annual Patent Conference (PatCon6) will take place on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016, hosted by Boston College Law School. PatCon6 will consist of two days of patent speakers, scholarship, and social events.

PatCon is a cooperative effort between the Boston College Law School (David Olson), Northwestern University School of Law (David Schwartz), the University of San Diego School of Law (Ted Sichelman), and the University of Kansas School of Law (Andrew Torrance) to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.  Details about prior PatCons can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

If you would like to present a paper at the 2016 Patent Conference, please submit an abstract to David Olson ( by January 29, 2016. Please indicate if you would like your paper considered for a plenary presentation slot. If your paper is selected for a plenary presentation, you will need to submit a draft of the paper by March 18, 2016. For those presenting in concurrent sessions, only an abstract is required to present.

In addition to this call for presenters, we are encouraging the registration of official commentators for the plenary session(s). We hope registered commentators will increase the quality of discussion at PatCon and will encourage people to attend and participate even if they will not have a project suitable for presentation at conference time. We also hope to cut down on the number of concurrent sessions, so that we can engage as a whole to a greater extent. If you register as a commentator, you will be assigned to comment on one or more papers selected for the plenary sessions. Please feel free to register solely as a commentator. Commentators will be considered as important a part of PatCon as are presenters. A commentator’s role may be particularly attractive to IP scholars whose primary research is outside patent law, or for new fellows and those considering academia but not ready to present in April 2016. Of course, for fellows, etc. who would like to present, please do submit your abstract. If you’d like to attend as an official commentator, please notify me by February 5, 2016.

Finally, if you’d like to attend without presenting or commentating, please notify me by February 12, 2016. 

We welcome scholarship from not only from legal academics, but also scholars in other fields, such as economics, business, management science, policy, public health, medicine, engineering, history of science, and technology studies. 

Presenters will need to cover their own travel and accommodations expenses, but there will be no registration fee (for full-time academics, fellows, and students), and meals and refreshments during the conference will be provided.

We hope to see you at PatCon6.