Program News

Law School launches the Haug Family Innovation Lecture Series

Notre Dame Law School is excited to announce a new lecture series focused on intellectual property, technology, and innovation policy. The Haug Family Innovation Lecture Series was made possible by the generous support of Ed and Noreen Haug through the Haug Family Foundation.


Melissa Wasserman, Charles Tilford McCormick Professor of Law at The University of Texas, presented the inaugural Haug Family Innovation Lecture, titled “Irrational Ignorance at the Patent Office”

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Avishalom Tor presents research project

Avishalom presented "Towards a Fuller Understanding of Inequality: From Psychology to a Behaviorally-Informed Legal Policy," last week through his research fellowship with the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Read more here

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Featured Research: The Value of Accuracy in the Patent System


Because it relies on imperfect information, the patent system will inevitably make mistakes. Scholars have determined that while erroneous patent awards impose unjustified costs, erroneous patent denials discourage inventors and reduce incentives to create. Since neither option is preferable, the current approach to awarding patents in cases of uncertainty has resulted in a system of indeterminate balancing. 

Professor Stephen Yelderman in new research, The Value of Accuracy in the Patent System, argues that this conventional approach to error costs understates the role that accuracy plays in producing the benefits of the patent system. He then presents a framework for evaluating the value of this accuracy by examining an often overlooked factor, namely, whether the unsatisfied patentability requirement seeks to influence a mutually exclusive choice.