Chief Economist

  • Office of the Chief Economist
    Local: 571-272-6900

The Office of Chief Economist (OCE) is responsible for advising the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the U.S. intellectual property system.


  • New Call for Proposals: OCE is looking for new proposals from scholars in intellectual property, innovation, economics and related fields for the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars Program. Learn more
  • Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property: Along with Cardozo Law and Northwestern Law, OCE hosted the 3rd annual roundtable at the USPTO on April 29-30th.  Participating scholars with research on empirical and experimental studies of IP received feedback from their peers.    Learn more
  • Research Data Release: OCE has updated the Patent Assignments and Trademark Assignments datasets with 2015 information. Learn more
  • Research Finding: OCE economists and coauthors found that trademarks make a direct contribution to firm profits. By helping to build a company’s brand equity, trademarks make a significant long-run contribution, but the size of this contribution depends on the age of the trademark. Learn more


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