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Jon Putnam

Jon Putnam

Competition Dynamics
Principal
Salem, MA, USA


Jonathan Putnam is an expert in intellectual property, antitrust, technological change, industrial organization and applied microeconomics. Dr. Putnam has appeared before juries, the bench, administrative hearings, and arbitrators, in patent, antitrust, copyright, trade secret, and contract actions; in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts; in US and international arbitrations; and before the US Federal Trade Commission and International Trade Commission.

Dr. Putnam regularly testifies in prominent trade secrets litigation.   At the ITC, he was the economic expert for the complainants in Invs. 337-TA-655, Cast Steel Railway Wheels (which established that foreign trade secret misappropriation was subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and which resulted in a 10-year exclusion order);  337-TA-849, Rubber Resins (10-year exclusion order); 337-TA-883, Opaque Polymers (consent order and sanctions); and 337-TA-863, Paper Shredders.  He also testified for the prevailing trade secret plaintiffs in Faiveley v. Wabtec and Children's Radio v. ABC and Disney.  Other IP cases with more than $500 million in controversy include:  Idenix v. Gilead Sciences; Ericsson (confidential FRAND arbitration); Ericsson v. Samsung; InterDigital v. Samsung et al.; Skyhook v. Google; Tessera v. ASE et al.; MedioStream v. Microsoft et al.; TSMC v. SMIC; LG Display v. AU Optronics; SCO v. IBM; Eastman Kodak v. Sun Microsystems; In Re Paragon Trade Brands; and TM Patents v. IBM.

Dr. Putnam is currently an IP Scholar at George Mason University School of Law. Until 2005, Dr. Putnam served as the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund professor of the law and economics of intellectual property at the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, at the University of Toronto.

Previously, Dr. Putnam held academic appointments at Vassar College, the Columbia University Schools of Law and Business, Yale University, and the Boston University Graduate School of Management.  His dissertation, cited more than 100 times in Google Scholar, was the first to measure the global value of patent rights.  Based on that research, Dr. Putnam received an NSF Small Business Innovation Research grant for measuring the value of corporate patent portfolios.

Dr. Putnam has authored numerous publications on intellectual property, notably:

-    “Patent Valuation,” in S. N. Durlauf and L. E. Blume (eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd ed. (London:  Palgrave       Macmillan), 2008.  Reprinted in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 07 September 2009

-    “The Law and Economics of International Intellectual Property:  A Primer,” in K. Maskus (ed.), Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, vol. 2:  Intellectual Property, Growth and Trade (Amsterdam:  Elsevier), 2008

-     Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Knowledge-Based Economy (editor), (Ottawa:  Industry Canada), 2006

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