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.


  • PatentsView Web Visualization and Data Tool:  Launched in September 2015, PatentsView was recently featured in the White House Blog on Empowering Data-Driven Decisions.  PatentsView provides a user-friendly visualization tool, query tool, and a flexible application programming interface (API) that will allow quick access to USPTO patent data for a broad range of users. (
  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS):  Chief Economist Alan Marco participated in the National & International IP Practices & Policies Workshop, December 11, 2015.  Learn more
  • Research Data Release:  OCE prepared and released a new Patent Examination Research Dataset (PatEx) that provides detailed information on 9 million+ publicly-viewable patent applications filed through December of 2014. The data is available in research-ready flat files, including information on each application’s characteristics, prosecution history, continuation history, claims of foreign priority, and patent term adjustment history. Learn more
  • Research Finding:  OCE economists and coauthors found that patenting firms, particularly young patenting firms, disproportionally contribute jobs to the U.S. economy. Learn more


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