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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.

New Edison Scholars

The USPTO has announced the selection of five new Edison Scholars, including three Edison Research Fellows to study issues that bear on abusive patent litigation.


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.


The USPTO is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from noon to 1 pm about the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars and their ongoing research projects related to issues bearing on abusive patent litigation.  The webinar is free and open to all.

Professor Joseph Bailey from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, Professor Jonas Anderson from American University, Washington College of Law, and Professor Deepak Hegde from New York University, Stern School of Business, will discuss their particular research topics as well as share their research methodology.  They likewise will address next steps to complete their research.  The USPTO expects this introductory webinar to be the first in a series of events highlighting the work of the Edison Research Scholars with a more in-depth program to occur in Spring 2015.


Time Topic Presenter
12:00 to 12:10 pm
(10 minutes)
Welcome, Overview of Edison Research Scholars Program, Introduction of Individual Scholars Alan Marco, Chief Economist, Office of the Chief Economist
12:10 to 12:25 pm
(15 minutes)
Research #1

Professor Joseph Bailey
University of Maryland
Smith School of Business

12:25 to 12: 40 pm
(15 minutes)
Research #2

Professor Jonas Anderson
American University
Washington College of Law

12:40 to 12:55 pm
(15 minutes)
Research #3

Professor Deepak Hedge
New York University
Stern School of Business

12:55 to 1 pm
(5 minutes)
Closing Alan Marco

Webinar Access Information:
Event number: 990 005 117
Event password: 12345
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