IPSDM 2018 programme

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Monday, 22 October 2018 – Pre-conference events - Brussels Room



Registration open


PATSTAT user day
PATSTAT is the EPO’s backbone data set for statistical analysis on bibliographical and legal status patent data. The PATSTAT product line forms a unique basis for conducting sophisticated analyses of bibliographic and legal status data.
PATSTAT Introduction : 9:30-11:15
This event, organised by the European Patent Office (EPO), aims at providing users with hands-on training about PATSTAT, and to showcase its main features and latest additions.
PATSTAT User day: 11:15-13:00
The PATSTAT users’ forum gives participants the opportunity to present their work on patent statistics based on PATSTAT, and to receive suggestions and feedbacks from the PATSTAT team and other participants. This forum offers a great opportunity to share ideas, methods and projects.
For further information on the PATSTAT workshops, please contact


IP data workshop  
The IP data workshop is organised by the IP Statistics Task Force led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The workshop takes place once a year, ahead of the annual IPSDM conference, and represents an occasion for IP Statistics Task Force members to share on-going data, statistical and analytical work related to intellectual property with current and prospect users. The workshop is intended as an interactive event, where presentations are followed by Q&A sessions. 

Participation to the workshop is subject to pre-registration.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 – Conference Day 1 - EUIPO Auditorium



Welcome and opening

Christian Archambeau, Executive Director, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate (OECD)


Session 1 - R&D investment and technology markets

  Chair: Ruth Towse, (Bournemouth University)
“IP risks as a deterrent for foreign R&D investments: IP strategy, tacitness, complexity, and technological capabilities”
René Belderbos (KU Leuven) and Joseph Park (Maastricht University)
“Widgets and wodgets: technology markets and R&D spillovers”
Pere Arqué-Castells (Northwestern University) and Daniel F. Spulber (Northwestern University)
“Do patents mitigate financing constraints?”
Felix Bracht (KU Leuven) and Dirk Czarnitzki (ZEW)
11:00-11:30 Coffee break 


Panel - Intellectual Property Rights and artificial intelligence


Moderator: Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, Deputy Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate (OECD)

Dietmar Harhoff, (Max Plank Institute for Innovation and Competition)
Patrick McCutcheon, (European Commission)
Alejandro Tosina, (Senior Advisor to the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering)

 13:00-14:30 Lunch break 


Session 2 - Patent novelty


 Chair: Carolina Castaldi, (Eindhoven University of Technology)
“Measuring the novelty of US and EP patents”
Jonathan H. Ashtor (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP)
“Antecedents of Chinese new-to-the-world innovations: evidence from international patent statistics”
Zhijing Zhu (University of Nottingham Ningbo China)
“Measuring National Innovation Systems around the world: some policy implications”
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Keun Lee (Seoul National University)

 16:00-16:30  Coffee break

Session 3 – Patent strategies, litigation and inventors’ mobility


 Chair: Sadao Nagaoka, (Tokyo Keizai University)
“Patenting strategies in the European patent system”
Antanina Garanasvili (Padua University), Georg von Graevenitz (Queen Mary University) and Dietmar Harhoff (Max Plank Institute for Innovation and Competition)
“The effect of patent litigation insurance: evidence from NPEs”
Ganglmair Bernhard (ZEW), Christian Helmers (Santa Clara University) and Brian Love (Santa Clara University)
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“The effect of patent protection on inventor mobility”
Eduardo Melero (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Neus Palomeras (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and David Wehrheim (IESE Business School)

Conference dinner
Restaurant Torre de Reixes

 Wednesday, 24 October 2018 – Conference Day 2 - EUIPO Auditorium


Session 4 - Standards


Chair: Dietmar Harhoff, (Max Plank Institute for Innovation and Competition)
“Standard Essential Patents and Global Value Chains: the emergence of China as a game changer”
Knut Blind, Maximilian von Laer and Florian Ramel (Technische Universität Berlin)
Firm-level determinants of membership in standards organizations: the role of R&D expenditures, patents, and trademarks
Justus Baron (Northwestern University), Cher Li (Nottingham University Business School) and Shukhrat Nasirov (Leicester Castle Business School)
>> Read the paper


Winners of the first Big Data Analytics Challenge 


Chair: Konstantinos Georgaras, (Canadian Intellectual Property Office)
“Innovation Pulse®”
Luciano Kay (InnovationPulse & University of California Santa Barbara) and Carlos Mozzati (InnovationPulse & Gobierno de la Provincia de Santa Fe)
“Global Patent Search”
Daniel S. Hain and Roman Jurowetzki (Aalborg University)
>> Read the paper


Coffee break


Special session on copyrights


Chair: Keun Lee, (Seoul National University)
“The economics of copyright in the digital creative economy”
Ruth Towse, (Bournemouth University)
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“Protecting copyrighted content: the impact of anti-piracy notice sending on consumer behavior in the UK”
Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang (Carnegie Mellon University), Mattia Nardotto (KU Leuven) and Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College Business School)
>> Read the paper

 12:45-14:00  Lunch break


Session 5 – Data & knowledge flows


Chair: Rahul Telang, (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Patents, data exclusivity, and the development of new drugs”
Fabian Gaessler (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition & TUM) and Stefan Wagner (European School of Management and Technology)
“Value of Data: there is no such thing as a free lunch in the digital economy”
Wendy Li (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis), Makoto Nirei (University of Tokyo) and Kazufumi Yamana (Kanagawa University)
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“Global ebbs and flows in knowledge: technical information exchange within the worldwide patent system”
Andrew W. Torrance (University of Kansas School of Law) and Jevin D. West (University of Washington Information School)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break


Session 6 – Trademarks


Chair: Nathan Wajsman, (EUIPO)
“Quantifying the economic effects of a cluttered trademark register”
Stuart Graham (Georgia Institute of Technology), Amanda Myers (US Patent & Trademark Office) and Georg von Graevenitz (Queen Mary University)
“Composite value index of trademark indicators”
Grid Thoma (University of Camerino)
“From R&D to market: using tradermarks to capture the market capability of top R&D investors”
Carolina Castaldi (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Mafini Dosso (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
“Concordance and complementarity in IPRs instruments”
Marco Grazzi (University of Bologna), Chiara Piccardo (University of Bologna) and Cecilia Vergari (University of Bologna)
>> Read the paper


Closing of the conference