Advancing research on inventor demographics

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Understanding the demographic makeup of inventors who apply for patents is a critical first step for characterizing who participates in the intellectual property ecosystem and for identifying policies that will expand participation. The USPTO is organizing a one-day symposium that will bring together economists, computer scientists, and others to discuss research methods, applied examples, and new ideas.

The symposium will: 

  • Provide an overview of current approaches from leading scholars in the field
  • Build knowledge
  • Identify a community of practitioners
  • Facilitate the application of common approaches

This program will be of interest to all researchers engaged in inventor demographics based on administrative and other records. There is no charge to attend, but registration in advance is required.

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Additional information

For more information, visit the symposium webpage or email

This virtual program has been organized by the USPTO’s Office of the Chief Economist, a unit of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), and will be hosted by the American Institutes for Research. OPIA advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international intellectual property (IP) legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.