Edison Visiting Scholar Program

The Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars Program enlists the services of academic researchers as Distinguished Scholars or Research Fellows to study intellectual property (IP) issues that further the agency's mission and the public interest. Following the introduction of the program in January 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.

Edison Distinguished Scholars

The Edison Distinguished Scholars are senior scholars and experts in law, economics, and related fields. They are invited to the USPTO to pursue their research on a wide range of topics related to IP and IP policy. They also advise policy makers on matters close to their areas of expertise. 

Read more about past Distinguished Scholars

Edison Research Fellows

The Edison Research Fellows program was created in 2013 as an expansion of the successful Edison Scholars Program. Research Fellows study topics of particular interest to policy makers, and make their research and data available to the public.

Current Edison Research Fellows:

  • Mark Finlayson, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University
  • Neel U. Sukhatme, Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Read more about past Research Fellows


Additional information

Please direct any questions to edisonscholar@uspto.gov.