Dr. Kirti Gupta

Dr. Kirti Gupta is the Vice President and Chief Economist at Qualcomm with ~20 years of experience in the mobile industry in diverse roles spanning engineering, product, litigation, and policy. She and her team provide economic analysis and thought leadership on global Technology, IP, Antitrust economic policy issues, collaborating with various business units internally, and a global network of experts, influencers, and policy makers externally. She is also a Senior Advisor at the Washington D.C. based think-tank, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the co-founder and executive director of IP LeadershIP, an industry coalition providing a data-driven dialogue and analysis on IP and Innovation policy. Prior to her role as an economist, Kirti spent over a decade as a wireless systems-engineering expert, working on R&D for the third and fourth generation wireless cellular standards that connect most of the mobile devices in the world today.

Dr. Gupta holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. She has published widely in policy, law, and economic journals, and holds over 50 patents in the field of wireless communications.

The Battle Over Patents: A Summary

Adapted from The Battle over Patents: History and Politics of Innovation, edited by Stephen H. Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux (Oxford University Press, 2021). Complaints about the patent system are not new. Virtually all arguments that critics seize upon today to support their suggestions for a patent reform have
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IP is Not IP: Intellectual Property is Not Industrial Policy, and Why This Matters 

Competition by China with the United States for global leadership in innovation has prompted anew an age-old policy debate: What are the best policies and legal institutions to promote next-generation inventions like 5G, AI, and mRNA vaccines? Are innovations best promoted and distributed either through industrial policy initiatives like prizes,
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LeadershIP Hosts Webinar on the DMA and the US Antitrust Bills

On June 30, LeadershIP hosted a webinar titled EU DMA vs. US Legislative Proposals: Lessons and Path Forward, where the discussion focused on the Digital Markets Act (DMA)—the legislation recently adopted by the European Union that imposes obligations and prohibitions on the world’s largest digital platforms such as Apple,
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