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John M Golden

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John Golden has taught patent law, contracts, administrative law, and writing seminars relating to innovation and intellectual property. He currently serves as faculty director of the Andrew Ben White Center in Law, Science and Social Policy. John has an A.B. in Physics and History from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. After law school, John clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. John also worked as an associate in the intellectual property department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. John's SSRN author page is http://ssrn.com/author=601231.

T C 357 • Science And Innovation Policy

43455 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 1230pm-200pm CRD 007B
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Title: Science and Innovation Policy

Semester: Fall 2014

Instructor: John M. Golden, Professor, School of Law

 

Description:

Science and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth as well as critical tools for humanity’s understanding of both its world and itself.  Science and innovation might be our best hopes for dealing with a number of social, political, and even existential problems.  Nonetheless, consensus on proper approaches to promoting scientific advance and innovation remains elusive.  In this course, students will develop skill in analyzing and debating questions of how to promote scientific and technological progress.  Students will learn about the history of such progress, the great variety of government policies intended or otherwise thought to help promote it, and the role of private motivations and initiative in bringing about scientific and technological advances.  Students will write short papers responding to course readings.  They will also write a longer research paper on a topic relating to science and innovation policy.  Students will make in-class presentations in relation to their research-paper topics.

 

Readings:

Sources for readings will include research papers and books such as Joel Mokyr’s The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress (1990) (history) and Suzanne Scotchmer’s Innovation and Incentives (2004) (economics and law).

 

Assignments:

Term Paper (including separate initial and final drafts): 50%

Shorter Response Papers: 20%

Class Participation and Attendance: 20%

Term-Paper Presentation: 10%

 

About the Instructor:

Professor Golden has an A.B. in Physics and History from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. He also worked as an associate in the intellectual property department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  At the School of Law, Professor Golden has taught patent law, contracts, administrative law, and writing seminars relating to innovation and intellectual property.  He currently serves as faculty director of the Andrew Ben White Center in Law, Science and Social Policy.  His research has generally focused on questions relating to United States patent law.  Since moving from Massachusetts to Austin, Texas, in 2006, he has run four marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2011 and the Baystate Marathon in 2013.

 

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