WIPO-WTO Joint Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights and Transfer of Technology

(Geneva, November 17, 2003)

Speaker - Ashish Arora

Ashish Arora has a PhD in Economics from Stanford University and is Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Arora is also co- director of the Software Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University, funded by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, and co-director of the Sustainable Computing Consortium at Carnegie Mellon University.

Arora’s research focuses on the economics of technological change, the management of technology, intellectual property rights, and technology licensing. He has in the past worked on the international technology transfer, and has published extensively on the growth and development of biotechnology and the chemical industry. His recent book, "Markets for Technology: Economics of Innovation and Corporate Strategy", coauthored with Alfonso Gambardella and Andrea Fosfuri, has been published by MIT Press. Arora’s current research interests include the role of intellectual property rights in structuring technology transactions, estimating the impact of patents on R&D and innovation, and the emerging trends in competition in the software industry. His current research includes a study of the software industry in the emerging regions, including India, Ireland, Israel and China. A second study measures the incentive patents provide for R&D in U.S. manufacturing.