Michael J. Meurer

Michael 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


Biography

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.

Publications

Scroll left to right to view all publications

  • Peter Menell, Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Nonpatentability of Business Methods: Legal and Economic Analysis Nonpatentability of Business Methods: Legal and Economic Analysis (2022)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Ben Depoorter, Price Discrimination & Intellectual Property No. 18-26 Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper (2018)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer, William Kovacic & Robert Marshall, Serial Collusion by Multi-Product Firms No. 18-18 Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper (2018)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Allocating Patent Litigation Risk Across the Supply Chain 18-02 Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper Series (2018)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Bargaining Failure and Failure to Bargain 96 Boston University Law Review (2016)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Current Issues in Patent Law and Policy 39 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2016)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Patent Search and Cumulative Innovation, in Perspectives on Patentable Subject Matter (Michael B. Abramowicz, James E. Daily, F. Scott Kieff,2014)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Peter Menell, Notice Failure and Notice Externalities 5 Journal of Legal Analysis (2013)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & James Bessen, The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes No. 12-34 Boston University School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper Series (2012)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer, James Bessen & Jennifer Ford, The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls 34 Regulation (2012)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Patent Litigation, Licensing, Nonobviousness, and Antitrust, in 4 Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (Keith N. Hylton,2010)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Patent Examination Priorities 51 William and Mary Law Review (2009)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & James Bessen, Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk (2009)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Of Patents and Property 31 Regulation (2009)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Patent Carrots and Sticks: A Model of Nonobviousness 12 Lewis & Clark Law Review (2008)
    Scholarly Commons
  • James Bessen, Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Patent Litigation with Endogenous Disputes 96 American Economic Review (2006)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Craig Allen Nard, Invention, Refinement and Patent Claim Scope: A New Perspective on the Doctrine of Equivalents 93 The Georgetown Law Journal (2005)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Craig Allen Nard, Patent Policy Adrift in a Sea of Anecdote: A Reply to Lichtman 93 The Georgetown Law Journal (2005)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Craig Allen Nard, Patent Policy Adrift in a Sea of Anecdote: A Reply to Lichtman 93 Geeorgetown Law Journal (2005)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Lessons for Patent Policy from Empirical Research on Patent Litigation 9 Lewis and Clark Law Review (2005)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Invention, Refinement and Patent Claim Scope: A New Perspective on the Doctrine of Equivalents 93 Georgetown Law Journal (2005)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Too Many Markets or Too Few? Copyright Policy Toward Shared Works 77 Southern California law review (2004)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Law, Economics, and the Theory of the Firm 52 Buffalo Law Review (2004)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Bidder Collusion and Antitrust Law: Refining the Analysis of Price Fixing to Account for the Special Features of Auction Markets 72 Antitrust Law Journal (2004)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Controlling Opportunistic and Anti-Competitive Intellectual Property Litigation 44 Boston College Law Review (2003)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Vertical Restraints and Intellectual Property Law: Beyond Antitrust 87 Minnesota Law Review (2003)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Business Method Patents and Patent Floods 8 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy (2002)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Copyright Law and Price Discrimination 23 Cardozo Law Review (2001)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, The Economics of Auctions and Bidder Collusion, in Game Theory and Business Applications (Kalyan Chatterjee, William F. Samuelson,2001)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Baram, Ashley Stevens, Thomas Meyers, Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Symposium: Patent Rights and Licensing, 6 Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law (2000)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Fair Division 47 Buffalo Law Review (1999)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer, Jean-Francois Richard & Stromquist Walter, Numerical Analysis of Asymmetric First Price Auctions 7 Games and Economic Behavior (1994)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Jean-Francois Richard, Curbing Agency Problems in the Procurement Process by Protest Oversight 25 The RAND Journal of Economics (1994)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer, Dale Stahl & Dale O. Stahl, Informative Advertising and Product Match 12 International Journal of Industrial Organization (1994)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Jean-Francois Richard, Litigation Settlement and Collusion 109 The Quarterly Journal of Economics (1994)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Jean-Francois Richard, Multiple Litigants with a Public Good Remedy 16 Research in Law and Economics (1994)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Jean-Francois Richard, Incentive-Based Procurement Oversight by Protest, in Incentives in Procurement Contracting (Jim Leitzel; Jean Tirole,1993)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, The Gains from Faith in an Unfaithful Agent: Settlement Conflicts Between Defendants and Liability Insurers 8 Journal of Law, Economics and Organization (1992)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Robert Marshall, Michael Meurer, Michael J. Meurer & Jean-Francois Richard, The Private Attorney General Meets Public Contract Law: Procurement Oversight by Protest 20 Hofstra Law Review (1991)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, The Settlement of Patent Litigation 20 The RAND Journal of Economics (1989)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Foreword: The Economics of Contract Law 52 Law and Contemporary Problems (1989)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Kenneth Chapman, Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, Efficient Remedies for Breach of Warranty 52 Law and Contemporary Problems (1989)
    Scholarly Commons
  • Michael Meurer & Michael J. Meurer, An Economic Analysis of Royalty Terms in Patent Licenses 67 Minnesota Law Review (1983)
    Scholarly Commons

In the Media

Scroll left to right to view all in the media posts

  • Marketplace June 16, 2022

    Delays Skew Patent System in Favor of Big Corporations, Some Inventors Say

    Mike Meurer is quoted.
    read more

  • Longview News-Journal February 10, 2022

    Famed Alzheimer’s Researcher John Hardy Is a Knight … but Not in Shining Armor

    James Bessen and Michael Meurer are quoted.
    read more

  • LLM Guide November 12, 2021

    Thriving Patent Law Expands Post-LL.M. Career Opportunities

    Michael Meurer
    read more

  • Competition Policy International June 9, 2021

    Patents and Price Fixing by Serial Colluders

    A piece co-authored by Michael J. Meurer.
    read more

  • The Conversation March 18, 2021

    Patent System Often Stifles the Innovation It was Designed to Encourage

    A piece co-authored by Michael Meurer.
    read more

  • View All Articles

Stories from The Record

View All Stories