Naomi R. Lamoreaux

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The Battle over Patents

by Stephen Haber, Naomi R. Lamoreauxvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Patents are complicated, and subject to much confusion and even opposition. Here’s what makes them a firm foundation for intellectual-property rights.

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The Battle Over Patents

by Stephen Haber, Naomi R. Lamoreauxvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Familiar complaints about “trolls” ignore the intricate machinery that works to allocate the gains from intellectual property.

The Battle over Patents: History and Politics of Innovation

via Oxford University Press
Friday, August 20, 2021

An examination of how the patent system works, imperfections and all, to incentivize innovation

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The Battle Over Patents: History And The Politics Of Innovation

by Stephen Haber, Naomi R. Lamoreauxvia National Bureau of Economic Research
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

This essay is the introduction to a book of the same title, forthcoming in summer of 2021 from Oxford University Press. The purpose is to document the ways in which patent systems are products of battles over the economic surplus from innovation. The features of these systems take shape as interests at different points in the production chain seek advantage in any way they can, and consequently, they are riven with imperfections. 

Patenting in an Entrepreneurial Region during the Great Depression: The Case of Cleveland, Ohio

by Naomi R. Lamoreauxvia IP2 Working Paper Series
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

IP² Working Paper No. 14003 - Patenting is generally procyclical, so it is not surprising that patenting rates fell in the U.S. during the Great Depression. Behind the aggregate numbers, however, the patterns are intriguing. This study is motivated by the observation that the decline in patenting was steeper in the Midwestern manufacturing belt than it was in the Middle Atlantic.