USPTO symposium on entity resolution

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Join the USPTO for a virtual symposium on best practices for entity resolution, a three-day event hosted by the American Institutes for Research.

The symposium will bring together computer scientists, information scientists, economists, and others to discuss state-of-the-art approaches to, and current practices and applications of, entity resolution, with a particular focus on patent applications. It will include sessions on methods and applications, with the goals of:

  • Providing an overview of current approaches from leading scholars in the field,
  • Building knowledge,
  • Identifying a community of practitioners
  • Facilitating the application of common approaches.

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The symposium will consist of three half-day sessions during the week of March 22–26, 2021, featuring the following speakers and panelists:

  • Monday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET: Rebecca Steorts, Duke University; Greg Morrison University of Houston;  Nicholas Monath, University of Massachusetts Amherst; and Osmat Jefferson,
  • Wednesday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET: Donatella Firmani, Roma Tre University; Bunyamin Sisman, Amazon; Julie Callaert, Catholic University Leuven; and Deyun Yin, World Intellectual Property Organization and Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
  • Friday, March 26, 9 – 11:30 a.m. ET: Mariagrazia Squicciarini and Hélène Dernis, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Thorsten Doherr, Centre for European Economic Research; and Matthew Ross, Claremont Graduate School

Additional information and documentation will be posted here closer to the symposium date.

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, 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 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.