Conferences and roundtables

The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) hosts and co-hosts conferences at the USPTO or at partner institutions to explore legal and policy developments in IP and their economic implications.

Fourteenth Annual Conference on Innovation Economics on a purple background with a lightbulb.

Annual Conference on Innovation Economics

2012 – current

The annual conference on Innovation Economics explores the connections between IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. More information, including conference papers, is available below.


Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property

2013 – current

The annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property conference. The roundtable provides a unique forum for economists to interact with empirically-oriented legal scholars and allows presenters an opportunity to receive valuable feedback on early stage empirical work in IP. More information, including details on speakers and conference papers can be found below.


EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) PhD Workshop

2017 – current

OCE sponsors the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) PhD workshop. At this event, PhD students will be introduced to the latest theory and data on the law and economics of IP, receive career advice and obtain feedback on their work.


Other past conferences