Background

Intellectual property (IP) helps to promote investment in new and improved products and processes, and allows innovators to make a return on their investment. It also plays an important role in the dissemination and use of the knowledge and innovations contained for example in patent documents and registered designs. This enables further technological developments, allows creative industries to grow and flourish and fosters the creation and development of the market for ideas. The increasing importance of IP for economic performance at the micro and macro levels, its centrality to the knowledge economy and its importance for global value chains are changing how market actors use IP and the way policy-makers perceive the role of IP systems and IP rights.

In an effort to better balance private and social benefits, and thus contribute to both economic growth and the welfare of societies, IP right systems worldwide have in recent years been at the centre of business and policy discussions, and have been undergoing a number of changes. 

However, the ability of companies to take strategic decisions allowing them to perform and compete, and the possibility to design policies aimed at shaping IP systems and aligning them with societal goals, require robust and reliable evidence. In this respect IP data represent a unique source of information that can be used to inform a wide range of policy- and business-relevant issues, including: science and technology developments, R&D and innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise dynamics, branding and reputation, and economic development and growth. IP data also reveal important facts about how IP systems themselves are performing, and thus help to better shape them.

This year’s IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM) conference will take place in Vienna, Austria, to celebrate the beginning of the 10th year of PATSTAT, the EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database. PATSTAT was launched on 23 and 24 October 2006 in Vienna, at one of the first IPSDM conferences. 

Focus of the Conference

The IPSDM conference aims to discuss how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis are used and can be used to inform decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, and to identify key information needs and possible shortcomings.

The 2015 IPSDM conference will discuss the latest empirical evidence based on IP statistics related to: 

  • Companies’ use of IP analytics and firms’ business strategies;
  • IP and Knowledge Based Capital (KBC): needs and complementarities;
  • IP and the emergence and diffusion of new technologies;
  • IP valuation and the role of IP in financing innovation;
  • Markets for IP and IP aggregation;
  • IP and the digital economy;
  • IP and creative industries;
  • IP and economic performance: firm and industry perspectives;
  • IP bundles and Global Value Chains (GVCs): using patents, trademarks and designs (and other IP rights) to compete in GVCs;
  • IP systems and their economic impact: cross-country analyses of IP rights, laws and procedures.

 Scientific Committee

 The conference will feature presentations by members of the 2015 IPSDM Scientific Committee, including:
 
  • Reiko Aoki, Kyushu University (JP)
  • Stuart Graham, Georgia Tech (US)
  • David Hsu, Wharton University of Pennsylvania (US)
  • Anne Layne-Farrar, Northwestern University School of Law and Charles River Associates (US)
  • Aija Leiponen, Cornell University (US)
  • Benjamin Mitra-Kahn, IP Australia (AU)
  • Mark Schankerman, London School of Economics (GB)
  • Catherine Tucker, MIT Sloan School of Management (US)

Organised by

 

in co-operation with

 

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European Patent Office (EPO)

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Eurostat

 

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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IP Australia

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Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) 

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Intellectual Property Office (IPO), United Kingdom

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United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)