As of October 31, 2013, the Project on Commercializing Innovation is no longer active.
The Project is succeeded by the Hoover IP² Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Prosperity. Hoover IP²

Henry E. Smith

Henry E. Smith.  Fessenden Professor of Law and Director of the Project on the Foundations of Private Law at Harvard Law School.

Smith teaches in the areas of property, intellectual property, natural resources, and taxation. After law school he clerked for the Hon. Ralph K. Winter, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and has taught at the Northwestern University School of Law and Yale Law School. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and was the William K. Jacobs, Jr. Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in the spring of 2006. In 2003 he was awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship by the American Academy in Berlin. Professor Smith has written primarily on the law and economics of property and intellectual property, including Intellectual Property as Property: Delineating Entitlements in InformationSelf-Help and the Nature of PropertyExclusion and Property Rules in the Law of Nuisance, and The Language of Property: Form, Context, and Audience. He holds an A.B. from Harvard, a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford, and a J.D. from Yale.

Professor Smith’s Harvard University web page

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  • FTC Hearing on the Evolving IP Marketplace – Panel on Changes in Injunction Law, February 12, 2009.  (Transcript Part 1 & Part 2; Video Part 1 & Part 2).  Henry E. Smith.