Intellectual property (IP) rights aim to stimulate innovation, by enabling inventors to appropriate the returns on their investments. IP also plays an important role in the creation, dissemination and use of new knowledge for further innovation, as contained for example in the inventions disclosed in patent documents.
The changing landscape of innovation, the globalisation of markets and the fragmentation of production value chains, as well as the emergence of new players - including a progressive geopolitical shift from West to East -, are changing the way market actors use IP rights and policy-makers understand IP rights and their role. The context in which IP currently operates is very different from the one in which IP rights were conceived, and IP systems are undergoing continuous changes as they seek to optimise the balance between private and social benefits, to contribute to economic growth and the welfare of societies.
To meet these challenges, policy-makers need to rely on analyses based on accurate measures of innovative activity, and of its key actors, drivers, dynamics and enabling conditions.
Griliches* wrote in 1990: “We have, in fact, almost no good measures on any of this … In this desert of data, patent statistics loom up as a mirage of wonderful plentitude and objectivity. They are available; they are by definition related to inventiveness, and they are based on what appears to be an objective and only slowly changing standard.” They are “interesting in spite of all the difficulties that arise in their use and interpretation”.
A quarter of a century later, a growing number of researchers recognise that  patents and, more broadly, intellectual property data remain a precious and somewhat unique source of information, enabling a wide range of policy-relevant analyses related to science and technology, R&D and innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise dynamics, competitiveness, global value chains, development and economic growth.
Also, this year marks an important extension in the breadth of this conference, as its focus is broadened as to encompass the whole spectrum of IP rights, and not only patents.
p. 1661-1662 in Zvi Griliches, “Patent Statistics as Economic Indicators: A Survey” (1990). Journal of Economic Literature (28): 1661-1707



For the first time, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Japan’s OECD membership, the IP Statistics for Decision Makers conference (IPSDM) is moving to Asia and will take place in Tokyo.

As with previous gatherings, the goal of the 2014 IPSDM conference is to present the latest empirical evidence based on IP statistics and to discuss these findings with decision-makers from both the private and public sectors. The conference also aims to share cutting-edge knowledge on topics relevant to policy-makers, academics, companies and practitioners, including:

  • IP and the emergence and diffusion of new technologies;

  • Markets for IP and IP aggregation;

  • Financing innovation and firms: the role of IP;

  • The combination of patents and other IP rights: the “IP bundle”;

  • IP and creative industries: the role of design and of industrial design protection;

  • Comparing IP systems: cross-country analysis of IP rights, laws and procedures, and the costs and benefits of protecting IP rights;

  • Societal attitudes towards IP: implications for IP offices and policy making;

  • Resilient economies and inclusive societies: what role for IP?

  • The economics of IP: what do we really know and what do we need to know?


Scientific Committee

 The conference will feature presentations by the members of the 2014 IPSDM Scientific Committee, including:
  • Stuart Graham, Georgia Tech (US) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

  • Bronwyn Hall, University of California at Berkeley (US) and UNU-MERIT (NL)

  • Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute and University of Munich (DE)

  • Adam Jaffe, Motu - Economic and Public Policy Research (NZ) and Brandeis University (US)

  • Keun Lee, Seoul National University (KR)

  • Sadao Nagaoka, Hitotsubashi University (JP)

  • Mark Schankerman, London School of Economics (UK)

  • Elisabeth Webster, University of Melbourne and Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (AU)


Organised by


in co-operation with


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 Japan Patent Office (JPO)

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European Patent Office (EPO)

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)