Richard D. Miller

Senior Economist

Richard Miller is an Economist with the Office of the Chief Economist at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His current projects focus on empirical study of U.S. patent examination data, patent litigation, intellectual property (IP) protection sought by Chinese inventors and firms, and encouraging data-driven policy and program administration. He has provided expert analyses in support of the IP Working Group of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which is a dialogue between representatives of the US and Chinese governments. Dr. Miller has also published journal articles and working papers on patent litigation, Chinese patenting in the US, and patent examination data. Before joining USPTO, Richard worked as an Economist with the Center for Naval Analyses and RTI International, and served as an Associate Dean at Missouri State University’s campus in Dalian, China. Most of his previous work was in the area of health economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California-Santa Barbara and a B.A. from Cornell University.


Selected publications

Kesan, J., A. Marco, and R. Miller (2015). “More than BRIC-à-Brac:  Testing Chinese Exceptionalism in Patenting Behavior Using Comparative Empirical  Analysis.” Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. Volume 22, No. 53. Available at:

Graham, S., A. Marco, R. Miller (2015). “The USPTO Patent Examination Research Dataset: A Window on the Process of Patent Examination.” USPTO Economic Research Working Paper No. 2015-4. November. Available at

Marco, A., R. Miller, K. Fonda, P Laufer, P Dzierzynski, and M. Rater (2015). “Patent Litigation and USPTO Trials: Implications for Patent Quality.” USPTO Report. January 2015. Available at

Kesan, J., A. Marco, R. Miller (2014). “Perspectives on the Growth in Chinese Patent Applications to the USPTO.” USPTO Economic Research Working Paper No. 2014-1. February. Available at

Comanor, W., H.E. Frech, and R Miller (2006). “Is the United States an Outlier in Health Care and Health Outcomes?” International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics 6(1): 3-23.

Miller, R. (2004). “Estimating the Compensating Differential for Employer Provided Health Insurance.” International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics 4(1): 27-41.

Miller, R., and H.E. Frech (2004). “The Effects of Pharmaceutical Consumption and Obesity on the Quality of Life in OECD Countries.” PharmacoEconomics 22(Supp): 25-36.