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 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 are changing the way market actors use IP rights and policy-makers understand rights and their role. The context in which IP currently operates is very different from the one in which IP rights were conceived. 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.
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The 2022 IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM) conference will take place on 14-15 June in Warsaw, Poland in a hybrid format.
As in previous years, the focus will be on how IP data, statistics and analysis can be used to inform decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, and to identify key data needs.
Plenary sessions will be dedicated to:
The conference will be preceded by a few pre-event meetings (PATSTAT user day, IP data workshop) on 13 June.
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A series of methodological documents have been published to help design and interpret IP-related statistics in an accurate manner.
The OECD Patent Statistics Manual (2009) capitalises on new patent statistics and promotes the harmonisation of methodologies. It addresses issues regarding the complexity of patent data and provides statisticians and analysts with guidelines for building and analysing patent-related indicators. The manual is available in English, French and Spanish.
Patent-related indicators are available at OECD.Stat (Science, Technology and Patents). Selected indicators on patents, trademarks and design are presented in the OECD STI Scoreboard.
The OECD/STI Micro-data Lab contains records on IP rights documents from several administrative sources encompassing patents, trademarks and design rights. While patent data mainly rely on the Worldwide Statistical Patent Database (PATSTAT) maintained by the EPO, trademarks and design registrations are gathered from different IP offices (IP Australia, JPO, OHIM, USPTO).
Several patent-related dataset are made available to researchers upon request (from a secure password-protected server). The datasets can be used as a complement to other existing patent data sets (e.g. PATSTAT). Please fill in this short online form to get access to the data:
Project activities are conducted in close co-operation with the members of the IP Statistics Task Force, which gathers representatives from: