Jon Putnam

Principal at Competition Dynamics, Inc

Jon Putnam founded Competition Dynamics as a platform for economic research and testimony at the intersection of intellectual property, competition and international trade law.

Dr Putnam has been retained in more than 100 consulting engagements and has testified more than 40 times in patent, antitrust, copyright, trade secret, contract and tax actions in federal, state and bankruptcy courts; before the US Federal Trade Commission, International Trade Commission and Tax Court; in US and international arbitrations; and in regulatory proceedings in Canada and India. Cases with more than $1 billion in controversy include Medtronic v Internal Revenue Service; Apple v Qualcomm; Idenix v Gilead Sciences; Ericsson v Huawei; Ericsson v Apple; Ericsson v Samsung; and InterDigital v Samsung.

Before founding Competition Dynamics, Dr Putnam held the Chair in the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property (funded by the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund) at the University of Toronto, and academic appointments at Boston University, Columbia University, Vassar College and Yale University. Recent articles include the following, available on the Social Science Research Network:

  • “Economic Determinations in ‘FRAND Rate’-Setting: A Guide for the Perplexed”, Fordham International Law Journal 41(4) (May 2018):  953-1015;
  • “The Smallest Salable Patent Practicing Unit (SSPPU): Theory and Evidence”; and
  • “Value Shares of Technologically Complex Products”.

Dr Putnam is also the author of:

  • “Patent Valuation” in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2008);
  • “The Law and Economics of International Intellectual Property: A Primer” in Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 2: Intellectual Property, Growth and Trade (2008); and
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in the Knowledge-Based Economy (editor) (2006).

Dr Putnam holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in economics from Yale University, where he specialised in international, macro and R&D economics. He received fellowships at Yale and Columbia law schools. Dr Putnam’s PhD thesis, The Value of International Patent Rights, was the first to measure the global value of patent rights.

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