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Edison Visiting Scholar Program

The Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars Program enlists the services of distinguished academic researchers to study intellectual property (IP) issues that further the agency's mission and the public interest.  Since the program introduction on Jan 18, 2012, Edison Scholars have studied ways to improve USPTO's efficiency and performance, decrease burdens on applicants, and improve patent quality and clarity, among other topics.  Read more about past Edison Scholars.


The White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues announced an expansion of USPTO's Edison Scholar program on June 4, 2013.  This effort will bring additional academic experts to the USPTO to develop — and make available to the public — more robust data and research on patent litigation issues.

How to Apply

See our most recent Call for Proposals (posted 9-3-2013) for instructions on applying.

Briefly, applicants should submit a short project proposal that includes research questions, methodologies, data requirements, and other relevant information.  Proposals may be submitted with a CV by email to

Applications should be submitted by Dec 1, 2013 for full consideration.  Others may be considered on a rolling basis according to agency need.

More Information

Please direct any questions to

United States Patent and Trademark Office
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