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.


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)


September 23 - "Quantifying the Impact of AI on Productivity and Labor Demand: Evidence from U.S. Census Microdata," Lee Branstetter (Carnegie Mellon University) and Nikolas Zolas (U.S. Census Bureau)

February 18 - "How fast is this novel technology going to be a hit? Antecedents predicting follow-on inventions," Reinhilde Veugelers (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

January 28 - "Evaluating the PTAB as a Substitute for the Federal Courts," Saurabh Vishnubhakat (Texas A&M University School of Law)


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