The 2018 IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM) conference took place in Alicante, Spain, co-organised by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The IPSDM conference discussed how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis can be used to inform decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, and to identify key information needs and possible shortcomings. The 2018 edition called for IP data and empirical evidence related to:

  • IP and the digital transformation: the role of IP for Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Blockchains and Fintech.
  • IP bundles and the knowledge economy: which challenges? Which opportunities?
  • IPR, standards and standard setting mechanisms.
  • Trademarks and designs: the role of IP for branding and for service and creative industries.
  • International IP systems and IP in the EU single market.
  • IP valuation methods and the market for IP rights.
  • Science-industry links, university technology transfer and the role of IP.
  • IPRs and SMEs: barrier to entry and growth or performance enablers?
  • Violation of IP rights: counterfeiting, piracy and copyright infringement.
  • Creative commons and open source: challenge or complement to the IPR system?
  • IP Offices’ practices impact on the efficiency and outcomes of IP systems.

Conference venue and registration


The conference will take place at the premises of the European Union Intellectual Property Office:
Avenida de Europa, 4
E-03008 Alicante, Spain

> Further information on the EUIPO website



Registration is now open.
Please click here to register.

Call for papers

Researchers interested in the topics listed above or in any IP-relevant analytical and/or statistical issue are invited to submit an electronic version of their paper, or an extended abstract of at least three pages, to [email protected]. Please feel free to circulate this call for papers among your contacts and all those that may be interested in participating in the event.


  • Submissions: 17 June 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 28 July 2018 
  • Full papers due by 5 October 2018 
  • Presentations due by 17 October 2018

Further information about the call for papers (pdf)

2018 IPSDM Scientific Committee

  • Carolina Castaldi
    Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
  • Christine Greenhalgh
    University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Bronwyn Hall
    University of California Berkeley (United States)
  • Dietmar Harhoff
    Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Germany)
  • Keun Lee
    Seoul National University (Korea)
  • Mark Schankerman
    London School of Economics (United Kingdom)
  • Rahul Telang
    Carnegie Mellon University (United States)
  • Ruth Towse
    Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
  • Catherine Tucker
    MIT Sloan School of Management (United States)


For enquiries related to the conference please contact [email protected].

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Event organised by


In co-operation with the OECD-led IP Statistics Task Force


First IPSDM “Big Data Analytics” Challenge

New ways to access and analyse big data make it possible to elicit information complementing traditional statistics and data sources and may represent a powerful addition to existing econometric toolboxes. The IPSDM 2018 conference will host its first “Big Data Analytics” challenge, aimed at finding novel ways of accessing, combining, analysing and visualising IP data.

Teams devising new ways to gather, link, analyse and visualise available IP rights datasets and/or proposing new big-data-based methods and algorithms aimed to collect and explore linked IP and innovation-relevant data are invited to:

  • notify the OECD and the EUIPO (by sending a message to [email protected]) of their intention to participate with a 200 word max description of what they intend to do by Sunday 24 June;
  • provide information on the preliminary developments by Sunday 15 July (data source, methodology, outcomes);
  • submit their internet-based tools (portals, webs, apps, etc) to [email protected] by Sunday 29 July (midnight CEST); including accompanying material highlighting the key data, functionalities and features of the proposed tool.

Intermediate results will be shared among participants at different points in time.

The focus of the 2018 IPSDM Big Data Analytics challenge is:

More generally, innovative ways to access, combine, analyse and visualise IP and innovation-related data will also be considered, especially if related to the digital transformation.

The top 3 teams or individuals will:

  • be invited to participate in the IPSDM conference, with their travel and accommodation sponsored by the organisers;
  • present their results to the OECD IP Taskforce and at the event;
  • have a link to their tool included on the conference and organisers' websites.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.