Chief Economist Speaker Series

Academics are invited to the USPTO to present their latest research on patent, trademark, trade secret or copyright issues. Find their recent research at their scholar pages linked below.


April 27 - "Innovation and Appropriability: Revisiting the Role of Intellectual Property," Tim Simcoe (Boston University)

February 9 - "The America Invents Act and Innovation by Small Entities," Satyaki Chakravarty (University of North Carolina Greensboro)

January 11 - "Measuring the Characteristics and Employment Dynamics of U.S. Inventors,” Nathan Goldschlag (U.S. Census Bureau)



October 18 - "Should firms hold more patents? A randomized control trial on the commercial value of patent protection," Neil Thompson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

May 17 - "The Effect of Female Political Leadership on Innovation: Evidence from U.S. Cities," Neel Sukhatme (Georgetown University Law Center)

April 20 - "Citations Backward and Forward: Insights Into the Patent Examiner’s Role,” Brian Wright (University of California at Berkeley)


November 9 - "Gender and Application Dynamics in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Applications," Gauri Subramani (Lehigh University)

September 28 - "Reliance on Science by Inventors: Hybrid Extraction of In-text Patent-to-Article Citations,Linguistic Metrics for Patent Disclosure: Evidence from University Versus Corporate Patents," Nancy Kong (University of Sydney)

July 8 - "Reliance on Science by Inventors: Hybrid Extraction of In-text Patent-to-Article Citations," Matt Marx (Cornell University)

May 20 - "Patenting inventions or inventing patents? Strategic use of continuations at the USPTO," Tim Simcoe (Boston University)

April 1 - "Antitrust and Innovation Competition," Daniel Spulber (Northwestern University)


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