Nicholas Pairolero


Nicholas Pairolero is an Economist with the Office of the Chief Economist at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His current projects focus on developing empirical models of patent quality, identifying the economic implications of Supreme Court cases shaping patent law, and encouraging data driven USPTO policy and program analysis. Prior to joining the USPTO, Nick was an Associate Instructor and graduate student at Indiana University where he taught Microeconomics and did research in Network Theory and Industrial Organization. Nick holds a B.B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, an M.A. in Economics from Indiana University Bloomington and successfully defended his Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University Bloomington in the fall of 2016.


Selected Publications

Pairolero, N. (2016). “Identifying Innovation in Patent Thickets: A Network Approach.” Available at

DeGrazia, C., Frumkin, J., Pairolero, N. (2016). “Patent Hold-up, R&D and Patent Thickets.”

Pairolero, N. (2016). “Pricing in Complex Networks”, Ph.D. Dissertation.