Innovation and Legislation: The Changing Relationship – Evidence from 1984 to 2015

We examine the relationship between innovation as measured by annual utility patents granted and two datasets for legislation: (1) the U.S. Code and (2) the Code of Federal Regulations from 1984 to 2015. We show that the historical relationship between innovation and legislation has changed, especially for computer and communication patents. The evidence suggests that the existing regulatory infrastructure has a diminishing capacity to react to innovation. The evolving empirical relationship between innovation and legislation has implications for the legal system and rulemaking processes in the existing regulatory framework.

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Blockchain Technology for Horizontal Agriculture Innovation 

Delighted to participate in the first Davos on the Delta Conference organized by ISelect Fund’s Carter Williams. Fantastic event in Memphis TN – the Silicone Valley for #Agriculture #Entrepreneurship #Innovation. All leading player in the agriculture business and leading AG startups in various financing stages are present and it is extremely energizing to talk about […]

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Dynamic Regulation Via Contingent Capital

Dynamic Regulation Via Contingent Capital Review of Banking and Financial Law, Vol. 36, 2017 16 Pages Posted: Wulf A. Kaal University of St. Thomas, Minnesota – School of Law Date Written: April 24, 2017 Abstract Contingent capital securities are a largely overlooked dynamic regulatory mechanism. This essay evaluates the use of contingent capital securities in […]

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Blockchain Solutions for Agency Problems in Corporate Governance

Abstract Blockchain technology allows for decentralized networked governance that allows for the removal of internal and external monitoring mechanisms previously necessitated by agency problems in corporate governance. Blockchain technology creates formal immutable guarantees in agency relationships that build the trust needed to overcome the agency problems in corporate governance. It facilitates a substantial increase in […]

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Dynamic Regulation Via Investment Data as a Remedy for Law’s Diminishing Capacity to React to Innovation

First published at: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/business-law-blog/blog/2016/09/dynamic-regulation-investment-data-remedy-law’s-diminishing-capacity Key words: Disruptive Innovation, Venture Capital, Venture Investments, Dynamic Regulation, Feedback Effects, Optimized Information for Regulation, Anticipatory Regulation, Big Data In a series of recent papers – ‘Dynamic Regulation for Innovation’, ‘Regulation Tomorrow: What Happens When Technology Is Faster Than the Law?’, and ‘How to Regulate Disruptive Innovation – From Facts to […]

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How to Regulate Disruptive Innovation

How to Regulate Disruptive Innovation – from Facts to Data by Wulf A. Kaal , Erik P. M. Vermeulen :: SSRN Wulf A. Kaal   University of St. Thomas, Minnesota – School of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) Erik P. M. Vermeulen  Tilburg University – Department of Business Law; Philips Lighting – Legal Department; Tilburg […]

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The Effect of Non- and Deferred Prosecution Agreements on Corporate Governance: Evidence from 1993-2013

Non- and Deferred Prosecution Agreements (N/DPAs) are controversial because prosecutors, not judges or the legislature, are changing the governance of leading public corporations and entire industries. To analyze N/DPAs’ corporate governance implications and provide policy makers with guidance, the authors code all publicly available N/DPAs (N=271) from 1993 to 2013, identifying 215 governance categories and […]

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