John Liddicoat is a Scholar at C-IP2, and his primary research interest is in patent law. John is broadly interested in the development and use of new technology as it has the ability to: drive economies forward, increase public welfare, and resolve important social problems. Much of John’s research focuses on the ability of patent law to meet its welfare-enhancing goal of accelerating the creation of new technology. In biotechnology and life-sciences — special interests of John’s — this focus is particularly important, but it is also complicated; although patents can operate as incentives, they have numerous trade-offs. Smart innovation policy requires meticulous, transnational doctrinal research and robust empirical data. As a lawyer with scientific training, John strives to deliver both.