John Howells

John Howells

John Howells is an Associate Professor at the Aarhus University. He holds a BSc (Physics), a MSc. (Science Policy) and a Phd (Management). John researches in the economics and management of technology development with a focus on the theory and empirical evidence pertaining to the role of patents in development. John is currently working with Ron D Katznelson on the role of pioneer patents in development in four classic cases where patents are alleged to have retarded development; in the incandescent lamp, aircraft, radio and automobile industries. John and Ron recently published their article on “The myth of the early aviation patent hold-up” in Industrial and Corporate Change see: Aviation patents. John’s books, refereed journal articles and work-in-progress are listed on his C.V. at pure.au.dk. Amongst other topics, John teaches the management of intellectual property to business students.


Posts by John Howells


The patent ‘troll’ fables of the automobile industry

The “troll” narrative of Nakajima and Snow will have us believe that any patent lawsuit to resolve a dispute constitutes abusive litigation. Economic folklore devoid of scale …