As of October 31, 2013, the Project on Commercializing Innovation is no longer active.
The Project is succeeded by the Hoover IP² Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity. Hoover IP²

Property Rights and Development

he third component of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation studies the role of property rights in various intangible assets in the developing world. For example, we explore the ways in which property rights in bank charters, contracts, debt instruments, and shareholder equities have all been eroded in Mexico, resulting in there being practically no banking system in the entire country. As another example, while countries like India, Argentina, and Brazil, which have extensive manufacturing facilities that would require payments to holders of biotechnology patents, are aggressively pushing efforts in the U.N. to attack drug patents, more successful developing countries in Africa, like Botswana and Malawi, are working tirelessly to help strengthen the rule of law by enforcing property rights in intangibles like contracts and IP. Predictable enforcement of property rights in intangibles can be key to fostering economic growth and development, especially in the less developed countries of the world.
Note: Having been nominated by President Barack H. Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve as a Commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission, F. Scott Kieff swore into and took up his government post on October 18, 2013, after stopping his work for and resigning all of his roles at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, which included having served as Ray & Louise Knowles Senior Fellow at Hoover; as Director and Member of the Research Team of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation; as Member of the Steering Committee and Research Team of the Hoover Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity; and as Member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity; and after also taking a leave of absence from his post as Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School.
Selected works on Property Rights, Finance, and Developing Economies:






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