Provisional Program: Second Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference

Provisional Program for Second Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference

Hitotsubashi University is pleased to host the Second Asia‐Pacific Innovation Conference, in collaboration with a consortium of the universities and other academic institutions, the RIETI (the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry) and the WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization). The conference will bring together scholars, including doctoral students, working on the economics, management and law of innovation.

It will foster an inter‐disciplinary exchange of knowledge. Sessions will include contributed papers, keynote presentations and panel discussions.

 The scope of the conference topics will cover (but are not limited to ) (1) entrepreneurship and startups, (2) innovation and industry evolution, (3) management of technology, (4) intellectual property protection for innovation, (5) standards, alliance and consortia, (6) research and innovation funding, and (7) university research and university industry collaborations. There is going to be a WIPO sponsored session on university technology transfer. We would like to thank for many (200) high quality submissions to the conference from across the world, which have been refereed by the scientific committee for this conference.

  • Conference dates: March 28th (Monday) and 29th (Tuesday) in 2011
  • Venue: National Center of Science Building, Tokyo, Japan.
  • The conference will be held in English


Outline of the Provisional Program

Day 1: March 28th

  9:00  Welcome remarks

  9:30  Parallel refereed sessions part 1 (including a poster session, 3 to 4 paper for 90 minutes for a regular session)

11:00   Break

11:15   Keynote “Submarkets and Industry Evolution” (Steven Klepper, Carnegie Mellon University)

12:20  Luncheon Keynote speech  “Economics of Innovation as currently stands”  Bronwyn Hall, (UC Berkeley and University of Maastricht)

13:30  Keynote “Network Dynamics: Theory and Evidence” (Luis Cabral, IESE Business School)

14:25  Keynote “Private Agreements for Coordinating Patent Rights: The Case of Patent Pools” (Nancy Gallini, University of British Columbia)

15:10   Break

15:30  Invited and special session part 1  (Parallel)

(1)     Trade Secrets (Chair: Ivan Png , National University of Singapore)

(2)    IPR law design (Chair, Peter Yu, Drake University Law School )

(3)    Innovation and firm performance in Chinese Manufacturing: employment, productivity, survival  (Chair, Pierre Mohnen,  UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University  )

17:00   Break

17:15  Parallel refereed sessions part 2 (including a poster session, 3 to 4 paper for 90 minutes for a regular session )

19:05  Reception

Day 2: March 29th

  9:00  Parallel refereed sessions part 3 (including a poster session, 3 to 4 paper for 90 minutes for a regular session)

10:30  Break

10:45  Keynote  “Managing Innovation Processes” (Dietmar Harhoff, University of Munich)

11:50  Luncheon Keynote speeches  “Patent system reform”  (Carsten Fink, Chief Economist of the WIPO and Stuart Graham, Chief Economist of the USPTO )

13:15  Invited and special session part 2 (Parallel)

(1)     WIPO sponsored session on university technology transfer (Chair, Carsten Fink, Chief Economist of the WIPO)

(2)    Inventors and invention process (Chair, Sadao Nagaoka, Hitotsubashi University)

(3)    Dynamism of Innovation (Chair: Joseph Plasmans)

14:45   Break

15:00  Parallel refereed sessions part 4 (including a poster session, 3 to 4 paper for 90 minutes for a regular session)

16:30   Break

16:45   Invited and special session part 3 (Parallel)

(1)     Standards, patent pools and innovation (Chair: Nancy Gallini, University of British Columbia)

(2)    International patent law harmonization (Chair, Chris Dent, University of Melbourne)

(3)    Knowledge, Innovation, and Catch-up (Chair: Keun Lee, Seoul National University )

 18:15  Farewell Cocktail


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the local organizing committee ( :

  • Sadao Nagaoka, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University
  • Reiko Aoki, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

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Registration and the submission of the final paper

Registration needs to be completed by the end of February 2011 for a paper presenter to keep his slot. The early registration fee is USD 140 (USD 70 for students) for registration by February 6th 2011. The normal fee is USD 180 (USD 80). The fee covers conference dinner, cocktails, lunches and coffees. In case of cancellation, this fee is not refundable. The registration fee is not refundable. A draft of the complete paper is due by 7 March 2011, which will become accessible to the conference participants. The registration website will also open very shortly with further details regarding the conference, venue and city. In the mean time, please continue to visit the conference website at or you can download the manual registration form here.


The first Asia Pacific Region Innovation Conference was held in Melbourne in January 2010. Given a rapidly growing number of scholars in the Asia‐Pacific region interested in innovation issues, we envisage that we will host such conferences regularly, rotating among Asia‐Pacific countries. Participating institutions include:

  • The Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA),University of Melbourne
  • Institute of Innovation Research and Center for Intergenerational Studies (Institute of Economic Research), Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
  • NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
  • IP Academy, Singapore
  • University of Auckland Business School
  • New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law (NZCIEL), Victoria University of Wellington
  • College of Social Sciences, National Taiwan University
  • Seoul National University
  • Center for Economic Catch‐up, KOREA
  • School of Management, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Science
  • Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University Law School
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

To learn more, visit the Asia Pacific Innovation Network website at

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