Michael J. Meurer

Professor of Law

Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar

SB in Economics and Interdisciplinary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
JD cum laude, University of Minnesota
PhD in Economics, University of Minnesota

Areas of Interest
Economics & Law, Intellectual Property

The son of an economics professor, Michael Meurer knew by the time he was 13 that he, too, wanted to teach at the university level. An SB, JD and PhD later, he became an economics professor at Duke University and later a law professor at the University of Buffalo. He came to Boston University School of Law in 1999, where he has taught courses in patents, intellectual property and public policy toward the high-tech industry. “It’s a special privilege to be able to speak three times a week to an attentive and thoughtful audience,” he says.

Professor Meurer has received several grants and fellowships, including two grants from the Pew Charitable Trust, a Ford Foundation grant, an Olin Faculty Fellowship at Yale Law School and a postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Labs. He has served as an expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission on a merger case presenting issues related to patent licensing. He also has consulted with government officials from developing countries about antitrust law, and taught short courses in American intellectual property law at the law faculties of the University of Victoria and the National University of Singapore. “I’m excited by the prospect of having a positive influence on American technology law and policy,” Professor Meurer says. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and watching basketball.

  1. Michael Meurer, "Allocating Patent Litigation Risk Across the Supply Chain," 25 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 251 (2018).
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  2. Michael Meurer, "Bargaining Failure and Failure to Bargain," in Symposium Notice and Notice Failure in Intellectual Property Law, 96 Boston University Law Review 655 (2016).
  3. Michael Meurer, "Current Issues in Patent Law and Policy," in Symposium Law and Innovation, 39 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 71 (2015).
  4. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, "The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes," 99 Cornell Law Review 387 (2014).
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  5. Michael Meurer & Peter S. Menell, "Notice Failure and Notice Externalities," 5 Journal of Legal Analysis 1 (2013).
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  6. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, "The Patent Litigation Explosion," 45 Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal 401 (2013).
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  7. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, "The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls," 34:4 Regulation 26 (2011-12).
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  8. Michael Meurer, "Patent Litigation, Licensing, Nonobviousness, and Antitrust," in Antitrust Law and Economics 281, Keith Hylton, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing Limited (2010). [v.4 Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, 2d ed.]
  9. Michael Meurer, "Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Intellectual Property Law," in Symposium Patent Law in Perspective, 45 Houston Law Review 1201 (2008-09).
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  10. Michael Meurer, "Patent Examination Priorities," in Symposium The Boundaries of Intellectual Property: The Boundaries of Patent Law, 51 William & Mary Law Review 675 (2009).
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  11. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, "Of Patents and Property," 31:4 Regulation 18 (Winter 2008-09).
  12. Michael Meurer & Katherine J. Strandburg, "Patent Carrots and Sticks: A Model of Nonobviousness," in Symposium Business Law Forum: Nonobviousness - The Shape of Things to Come, 12 Lewis & Clark Law Review 547 (2008).
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  13. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk, Princeton University Press (2008).
  14. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, "What's Wrong with the Patent System? Fuzzy Boundaries and the Patent Tax," 12:6 First Monday (2007).
  15. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, "Patent Litigation with Endogenous Disputes," 96 American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 77 (2006).
  16. Michael Meurer & Craig Nard, "Invention, Refinement and Patent Claim Scope: A New Perspective on the Doctrine of Equivalents," 93 Georgetown Law Journal 1947 (2005).
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  17. Michael Meurer & James Bessen, "Lessons for Patent Policy from Empirical Research on Patent Litigation," 9 Lewis and Clark Law Review 1 (2005). Reprinted in Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age, Peter K. Yu, ed., Praeger (2007).
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  18. Michael Meurer & Craig Nard, "Patent Policy Adrift in a Sea of Anecdote: A Reply to Lichtman," 93 Georgetown Law Journal 2033 (2005).
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  19. Michael Meurer & Robert Marshall, "Bidder Collusion and Antitrust Law: Refining the Analysis of Price Fixing to Account for the Special Features of Auction Markets," 72 Antitrust Law Journal 83 (2004).
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  20. Michael Meurer, "Law, Economics, and the Theory of the Firm," 52 Buffalo Law Review 727 (2004).
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  21. Michael Meurer, "Too Many Markets or Too Few? Copyright Policy Toward Shared Works," 77 Southern California Law Review 903 (2004).
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  22. Michael Meurer, "Controlling Opportunistic and Anti-Competitive Intellectual Property Litigation," 44 Boston College Law Review 509 (2003).
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  23. Michael Meurer & F. Scott Kieff, "Pharmacogenomics, Genetic Tests, and Patent-Based Incentives: Perspectives on Properties of the Human Genome Project," in Advances in Genetics 399, Academic Press (2003). SSRN
  24. Michael Meurer, "Vertical Restraints and Intellectual Property Law: Beyond Antitrust," 87 Minnesota Law Review 1871 (2003).
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  25. Michael Meurer, "Business Method Patents and Patent Floods," 8 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 309 (2002).
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  26. Michael Meurer, "Comments on Open Source Genomics," in Symposium Bioinformatics and Intellectual Property Law, 8 Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law 265 (2002).
  27. Michael Meurer, "Copyright Law and Price Discrimination," 23 Cardozo Law Review 55 (2001).
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  28. Michael Meurer & Robert Marshall, "The Economics of Auctions and Bidder Collusion," in Game Theory and Business Applications 339, Kalyan Chatterjee & William F. Samuelson, eds., Kluwer (2001).
  29. Michael Meurer, Michael Baram, Ashley Stevens & Thomas Meyers, "Intellectual Property Panel: Patent Rights and Licensing," in Symposium Advances in Biomaterials and Devices, and Their Financing, 6 Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law 3 (2000).
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  30. Michael Meurer, "Conference Remarks: Digital Technology and Copyright: A Threat or a Challenge," 39 IDEA 291 (1999). [Franklin Pierce Law Center]
  31. Michael Meurer, "Fair Division," 47 Buffalo Law Review 937 (1999).
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  32. Michael Meurer, "Price Discrimination, Personal Use and Piracy: Copyright Protection of Digital Works," 45 Buffalo Law Review 845 (1997).
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  33. Michael Meurer, Robert Marshall & Jean-Francois Richard, "Curbing Agency Problems in the Procurement Process," 25 Rand Journal of Economics 297 (1994).
  34. Michael Meurer & Dale Stahl, "Informative Advertising and Product Match," 12 International Journal of Industrial Organization 1 (1994).
  35. Michael Meurer, Robert Marshall & Jean-Francois Richard, "Litigation Settlement and Collusion," 109 Quarterly Journal of Economics 213 (1994).
  36. Michael Meurer, Robert Marshall & Jean-Francois Richard, "Multiple Litigants with a Public Good Remedy," 16 Research in Law and Economics 151 (1994).
  37. Michael Meurer, Robert Marshall & Jean-Francois Richard, "Numerical Analysis of Asymmetric First Price Auctions," 7 Games and Economic Behavior 193 (1994).
  38. Michael Meurer, Robert Marshall & Jean-Francois Richard, "Incentive-Based Procurement Oversight by Protest," in Incentives in Procurement Contracting 39, J. Leitzel & J. Tirole, eds., Westview (1993).
  39. Michael Meurer, "Denial of Care and Informed Consent in English and American Law," 18 American Journal of Law & Medicine 37 (1992).
  40. Michael Meurer, "The Gains from Faith in an Unfaithful Agent: Settlement Conflicts Between Defendants and Liability Insurers," 8 Journal of Law, Economics & Organization 502 (1992).
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  41. Michael Meurer, Robert Marshall & Jean-Francois Richard, "The Private Attorney General Meets Public Contract Law: Procurement Oversight by Protest," 20 Hofstra Law Review 1 (1991-92). Reprinted in IRS Computer Modernization and Procurement, Hearings before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (June 25, 1991 and April 2, 1992).
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  42. Michael Meurer & Kenneth Chapman, "Efficient Remedies for Breach of Warranty," in Symposium Economics of Contract Law, 52 Law & Contemporary Problems 107 (1989).
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  43. Michael Meurer, "Foreword: Economics of Contract Law," 52 Law & Contemporary Problems 1 (1989).
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  44. Michael Meurer, "The Settlement of Patent Litigation," 20 Rand Journal of Economics 77 (1989).
  45. Michael Meurer, "An Economic Analysis of Royalty Terms in Patent Licenses," 67 Minnesota Law Review 1198 (1983). [Note] Reprinted in 16 Intellectual Property Law Review 121 (1984).
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