Samantha Zyontz

Samantha Zyontz

Visiting Assistant Professor


B.A., College of William & Mary
M.S., Northwestern University
S.M., MIT Sloan School of Management
Ph.D., MIT Sloan School of Management


Biography

Samantha Zyontz is a visiting assistant professor at Boston University School of Law. Dr. Zyontz’s research interests include the effect of knowledge and tools on the direction of research ideas, intellectual property strategy, and the influence of institutions on the rate and direction of innovation. Her projects and publications have empirically analyzed a range of topics including the introduction of breakthrough innovations like the CRISPR DNA-editing system, patent eligibility, patent damage awards, business method patents, clusters of related industries, cy pres awards in class action lawsuits, arbitration, and state consumer protection acts.

Dr. Zyontz has also conducted policy focused, large-scale empirical law and economics projects with the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation in Germany (EFI), the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School for the US Economic Development Administration, the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law, and the Law and Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law.

Prior to her career in academia, she spent seven years working in intellectual property litigation and valuation consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Publications

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  • Samantha Zyontz, Technological Breakthroughs, Entry, and the Direction of Scientific Progress: Evidence from CRISPR/Cas9 (2016) (Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
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  • Jonathan H. Ashtor, Michael J. Mazzeo & Samantha Zyontz, Patents at Issue: The Data behind the Patent Troll Debate 21 George Mason Law Review (2014)
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  • Samantha Zyontz, Michael J. Mazzeo & Jonathan H. Ashtor, Do NPEs Matter? Non-Practicing Entities and Patent Litigation Outcomes 9 Journal of Competition Law & Economics (2013)
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  • Samantha Zyontz, Michael J. Mazzeo & Jonathan Hillel, Explaining the ‘Unpredictable’: An Empirical Analysis of U.S. Patent Infringement Awards 35 International Review of Law and Economics (2013)
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  • Christopher R. Drahozal & Samantha Zyontz, Private Regulation of Consumer Arbitration 79 Tennessee Law Review (2012)
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  • Samantha Zyontz, John R. Allison, Emerson H. Tiller & Tristan Bligh, Patent Litigation and the Internet 2012 Stanford Technology Law Review (2012)
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  • Samantha Zyontz & Christopher R. Drahozal, Creditor Claims in Arbitration and in Court 7 Hastings Business Law Journal (2011)
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  • Samantha Zyontz, Martin H. Redish & Peter Julian, Cy Pres Relief and the Pathologies of the Modern Class Action: A Normative and Empirical Analysis 62 Florida Law Review (2010)
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  • Samantha Zyontz & Christopher R. Drahozal, An Empirical Study of AAA Consumer Arbitrations 25 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (2010)
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Courses

Competition, Innovation, and Strategy: QST SI 751

3 credits

"Competition, Innovation, and Strategy" is an integrative course designed to capitalize on your understanding of Finance, Operations Management, Marketing, and other functional issues. The course draws on a number of academic disciplines, especially economics, organization theory, and sociology, to build a fundamental understanding of how and why some firms achieve and sustain superior performance. We also study why some firms persistently generate returns that are lower than average. The course is analytically focused and requires that you evaluate both the external environment and the internal capabilities of organizations. Corporate diversification and global management are important topics that are also featured.

FALL 2022: QST SI 751 F1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 6:30 pm 9:15 pm 3 Samantha ZyontzSamantha Zyontz HAR 410
FALL 2022: QST SI 751 F2 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 6:30 pm 9:15 pm 3 CarterCarter HAR 410
SPRG 2023: QST SI 751 F1 , Jan 19th to May 3rd 2023
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Wed 6:30 pm 9:15 pm 3 BallesterosTBA HAR 240
SPRG 2023: QST SI 751 F2 , Jan 19th to May 3rd 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 6:30 pm 9:15 pm 3 BallesterosTBA HAR 224

Entrepreneurship: Solving Problems in a Dynamic World: QST SI 344

4 credits

This course addresses the principles, processes, and frameworks that are the underpinnings of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit. This is a hands-on, experiential learning course that integrates previous coursework into a coherent picture and gives the student an understanding of the way that entrepreneurship can drive change, achievement, and value creation in commercial, societal, and philanthropic domains. Students will also be able to understand how the entrepreneurial mindset can spur achievement and strengthen performance in a wide variety of careers and pursuits. Students have the opportunity to form an idea and drive it through the entrepreneurial process, gaining both practical and theoretical experience in the art and science of entrepreneurship. 4 cr.

FALL 2022: QST SI 344 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 2:30 pm 3:45 pm 4 Marton HAR 326
SPRG 2023: QST SI 344 A1 , Jan 19th to May 2nd 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue,Thu 11:00 am 12:15 pm 4 Samantha Zyontz HAR 212

Intellectual Property: LAW JD 857

4 credits

In our modern information economy, the law of intellectual property has taken on enormous importance to both creators and users. This course introduces students to the principles of trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark law, and explores the ways in which those principles are shifting and adapting in response to new technology. The course is open to all upper level students, without prerequisite. No scientific or technical background is required.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 857 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 8:30 am 10:30 am 4 Samantha Zyontz LAW 103

Intellectual Property Workshop (S): LAW JD 776

3 credits

This seminar examines topics from the frontiers of intellectual property law. The class provides students with the opportunity to meet and interact with cutting-edge IP scholars who will be invited to speak. Students will read the speakers' works in progress, critique those writings in papers and oral give-and-take discussions with the authors, and will be provided additional reading as appropriate. The goals of this workshop are three: for students to deepen their substantive knowledge of IP law, for students to increase their abilities to participate in scholarly debate, and for established scholars to improve their working papers through the input of the workshop group. COREQUISITE/PREREQUISITE: Ideally, students should have taken or be concurrently enrolled in a course in IP, Copyright, Patent, or Trademark. Students who have not taken such a course (or who are not enrolled currently in such a course) must obtain the permission of the instructor. Students in the seminar will write several short papers commenting on the papers presented in the workshop. UPPER-CLASS WRITING REQUIREMENT: Class of 2024 -- This class may be used to partially satisfy the requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2023: LAW JD 776 A1 , Jan 23rd to Apr 24th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Samantha Zyontz LAW 410