The USPTO established the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) in March 2010. The OCE is responsible for advising the Under Secretary and the Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the United States intellectual property system. The OCE initiates and oversees groundbreaking economic analysis in the field on the topics of intellectual property protection and enforcement, with the object of fulfilling the USPTO’s statutory obligation to provide the President (through the Secretary of Commerce) and the administration with advice on intellectual property policy.
USPTO Economic Research Agenda
The OCE conducts an aggressive economic research program to provide evidence on a range of matters relevant to policymaking and the effect of IP on economic outcomes more generally. These include:
- Relating IP to economic growth, performance and employment, including; IP and entrepreneurship, and IP and economy-wide growth.
- IP in de facto standards, standard setting, and standards policy.
- Researching the economics of trademarks and trademark examination.
- Understanding the economics of USPTO initiatives, including initiatives to reduce application backlogs, by better understanding their costs, benefits, and effects.
- Analyzing the role that IP plays in the markets for technology and knowledge.