Iain Cockburn

Iain Cockburn is the Richard C. Shipley Professor and Chair of the Strategy & Innovation Department in the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Read more→

  • Title Iain Cockburn is the Richard C. Shipley Professor and Chair of the Strategy & Innovation Department in the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Read more→

Iain Cockburn is the Richard C. Shipley Professor and Chair of the Strategy & Innovation Department in the Questrom School of Business at Boston University.  His research investigates issues at the intersection of business strategy, intellectual property, and economics of innovation.  His current projects focus on technology licensing and the impact of artificial intelligence on the innovation economy.

Professor Cockburn graduated from the University of London in 1984 and completed his PhD in economics at Harvard University in 1990.  Prior to joining the faculty of Boston University, he was the VanDusen Professor of Business Administration in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia.  He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is widely published in leading journals in economics and management.

Professor Cockburn has advised government agencies in the US, the UK, and Canada on policy issues relating to intellectual property, and has provided expert testimony in numerous litigation and arbitration matters on issues such as licensing and collaboration agreements, patent damages, antitrust, class certification, brand-generic competition, off-label marketing, transfer pricing, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

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