About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our interdisciplinary curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and specialized areas.
USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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USC Gould School of Law
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- + CENTERS AND INITIATIVES
- CENTER FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- CENTER FOR LAW AND PHILOSOPHY (CLP)
- CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (CLASS)
- CENTER FOR LAW, HISTORY AND CULTURE (CLHC)
- CENTER FOR TRANSNATIONAL LAW AND BUSINESS (CTLB)
- INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM INSTITUTE (IRI)
- PACIFIC CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY AND ETHICS
- SAKS INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICS
- + WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
Erik Hovenkamp’s research focuses on antitrust; IP and innovation policy; law and economics; and industrial organization. His work has been published in a range of leading law reviews and economics journals, including the Yale Law Journal; the Journal of Legal Studies; the Journal of Industrial Economics; and the University of Chicago Law Review, among many others.
Hovenkamp earned a PhD in economics and a JD, both from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the USC faculty in 2019, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School in the Project on the Foundations of Private Law and a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School in the Information Society Project. In 2018 he was a Visiting Lecturer at Boston University School of Law.
Works in Progress
- "Product Development with Lurking Patentees," (with Jorge Lemus & Jonathan Turner).
Articles and Book Chapters
- "Drug Settlements and Generic Entry: Has the PTAB Made a Difference?" (with Jorge Lemus, Arti Rai, & Saurabh Vishnubhakat), Nature Biotechnology (forthcoming, 2023).
- "Restraints on Platform Differentiation," Yale Journal of Law and Technology (forthcoming, 2023).
- "Platform Discrimination Against Rivals: An Antitrust Framework" (invited), Journal of Corporation Law (forthcoming, 2023).
- "The Antitrust Duty to Deal in the Age of Big Tech," 131 Yale Law Journal (2022). - (SSRN)
- "Antitrust and Trademark Settlements," (with C. Scott Hemphill) Antitrust Law Journal (forthcoming, 2022).
- "Proposed Antitrust Reforms in Big Tech: What Do They Imply for Competition and Innovation?," Antitrust Chronicle (forthcoming, 2022). - (SSRN)
- "Litigation with Inalienable Judgments," (with Steven Salop) Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming 2022). - (SSRN)
- "Antitrust Limits on Patent Settlements: A New Approach," (with Jorge Lemus) Journal of Industrial Economics (forthcoming, 2021). - (SSRN)
- "Post-Grad Adjudication of Drug Patents: Agency and/or Court?" (with Jorge Lemus, Arti Rai & Saurabh Vishnubhakat) Berkeley Technology Law Journal (forthcoming, 2021) - (SSRN)
- “Startup Acquisitions, Error Costs, and Antitrust Policy,” (with Kevin Bryan) 87 University of Chicago Law Review 331 (2020). - (SSRN)
- "Tying and Exclusion in FRAND Licensing: Evaluating Qualcomm," (with Timothy Simcoe) 19 Antitrust Source 1 (2020). - (SSRN)
- “Antitrust Limits on Startup Acquisitions,” (with Kevin Bryan) 56 Review of Industrial Organization 615 (2020). - (SSRN)
- "Platform Antitrust," 44 Journal Of Corporation Law 713 (2019). - (SSRN)
- "Demystifying Patent Holdup," (with Thomas F. Cotter & Norman Siebrasse) 76 Washington & Lee Law Review 1501 (2019). - (SSRN)
- "FTC v. Qualcomm, Antitrust and Intellectual Property," The Regulatory Review (July 11, 2019). - (www)
- "Antitrust Law and Patent Settlement Design," 32 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 417 (2019). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
- "Vertical Mergers and the MFN Thicket in Television," (with Neel Sukhatme) Antitrust Chronicle (August 17, 2018). - (SSRN) - (www)
- "Delayed Entry Settlements at the Patent Office," (with Jorge Lemus) 54 International Review of Law and Economics 30 (2018). - (SSRN) - (www)
- "Competition, Inalienability, and the Economic Analysis of Patent Law," 21 Stanford Technology Law Review 33 (2018) - (SSRN) - (Hein)
- "Tying, Exclusivity, and Standard-Essential Patents," 19 Columbia Science and Technology Law Review 79 (2018). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
- "Buying Monopoly: Antitrust Limits on Damages for Externally Acquired Patents," (with Herbert Hovenkamp) 25 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 39 (2018). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
- "How Patent Damages Skew Licensing Markets," (with Jonathan Masur) 36 Review of Litigation 379 (2017). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
- "Patent Pools and Related Technology Sharing," (with Herbert Hovenkamp) in Cambridge Handbook On Antitrust and Intellectual Property (Daniel Sokol & Roger Blair, eds.) (2017). - (SSRN)
- "Challenge Restraints and the Scope of the Patent," Antitrust Chronicle (December 14 2016). - (SSRN) - (www)
- "Anticompetitive Patent Injunctions," (with Tom Cotter) 100 Minnesota Law Review 871 (2016). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
- "Tying Arrangements," (with Herbert Hovenkamp) in Oxford Handbook of International Competition Policy, (Daniel Sokol & Roger Blair, eds.) (2014). - (SSRN)
- "Tying Arrangements and Antitrust Harm," (with Herbert Hovenkamp) 52 Arizona Law Review 925 (2010) . - (SSRN) - (Hein)
- "Complex Bundled Discounts and Antitrust Policy," (with Herbert Hovenkamp) 57 Buffalo Law Review 1227 (2009). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
"The Viability of Antitrust Price Squeeze Claims," (with Herbert Hovenkamp) 51 Arizona Law Review 273 (2009).
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- "Exclusionary Bundled Discounts and the Antitrust Modernization Commission," (with Herbert Hovenkamp) 53 Antitrust Bulletin 517 (2008). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Dean Andrew Guzman was quoted about the USC Gould JD Class Of 2025. “This is an important time to be studying law, as there is no profession that is more essential to the success of democracy,” he said. “Even the smallest legal changes can affect the lives of so many.”
"Legal Positivism for Legal Officials," Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.
"Tribal Water Rights and Tribal Health: The Klamath Tribes and the Navajo Nation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy (Forthcoming 2023).
"Remembering the Ocean in Water Law," chapter for A Research Agenda for Water Law.