Zorina Khan


Zorina Khan is a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and Arch W. Shaw Fellow (2014-2015) at the Hoover Institution. She is Professor of Economics at Bowdoin College, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).  She received her PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar.   She has been a visiting professor at the NYU Law School, the UC Berkeley Law School, UCLA Law School, Harvard University, UCLA Economics & Business Program, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. Professor Khan’s research explores questions of law and economics from an historical perspective, including intellectual property, technological innovation, corporate governance, antitrust, and civil litigation.  Her book, The Democratization of Invention: Patents and Copyrights in American Economic Development, 1790-1920, was awarded the Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Prize for an outstanding work in North American economic history.  Other honors include the Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship, Kenan Fellowship, and Lemelson Senior Fellowship; and she is Distinguished Senior Commentator in the Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship program.  She was the recipient of the Griliches Fellowship, which the NBER grants once every two years to an empirical economist. Current research projects examine institutional differences and outcomes in patents relative to technological prizes in Europe and the United States; and the role of family networks in the mobilization of financial capital during early industrialization.    

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Trolls and Other Patent Inventions: Economic History and the Patent Controversy in the Twenty-First Century

by Zorina Khanvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Thursday, October 17, 2013

IP² Working Paper No. 13001 - The most significant changes to the patent and innovation system in the past two centuries have been, or are in the process of being, implemented in the United States today.