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European Patent Office
Chief Economist Unit
Karin Terzić
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Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2013

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Final programme

12 - 13 November
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Intellectual property (IP) aims to encourage investment in innovation, by enabling innovators to make a return on their investments. IP also plays an important role in the creation, dissemination and use, for further technological development, of the knowledge and innovations contained for example in the inventions disclosed in patent documents. The dynamics of the knowledge economy, the globalization of markets and the increasing complexity of products have also changed the way market actors use IP rights and policy- makers understand IP rights and their role. Furthermore, emerging market economies are increasingly featuring as new players in this game and are adapting their IP policies in order to become pro-active users of the system.

Poster (JPG)

In a global environment of new technological and political challenges, IP right systems and in particular the patent system are undergoing continuous changes as they seek to optimise the balance between private and social benefits and thus contribute both to economic growth and to the welfare of societies.

To enable economies to meet these challenges, policy-makers need analysis based on reliable data. Patent data are a unique source of information that can be used to address a wide range of policy issues in the fields of science and technology, R&D and innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise dynamics, development and economic growth. They support evidence-based decision-making and reveal important facts about how the patent systems themselves are performing.


As a result of worldwide collaboration between our different organisations, the Patent Statistics for Decision Makers conference is moving to the southern hemisphere for the first time, and expanding its focus to include emerging economies and the role of technology transfer. The goal of the 2013 conference is to present the latest empirical evidence based on patent and 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:

  • the development of new technology fields and the role of IP in attracting R&D;
  • patent ‘quality’ and the use of patents as indicators of research productivity;
  • IP, knowledge markets and technology transfer;
  • patenting trends, patent policies and innovation policies;
  • IP and societal challenges (e.g. environment, health, aging);
  • the financing of innovative enterprises and the role of IP as collateral;
  • patenting, IP activities and the strategies of global firms;
  • the IP “bundle”: the combined use of different IP rights (e.g. patents and trademarks).

Scientific Committee

The conference will feature presentations by members of the Scientific Committee, including:

  • Mário Alexandre Gonçalves, Whirlpool
  • Tony Clayton, UK Intellectual Property Office (GB)
  • Paulo Furquim de Azevedo, University Getúlio Vargas Foundation (BR)
  • Stuart Graham, Georgia Tech (US) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Bronwyn Hall, University of California at Berkeley (US) and UNU-MERIT
  • Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute and University of Munich (DE)
  • Marlos Mazzeu Silveira, EMBRAER S.A.
  • Benjamin H. Mitra-Kahn, IP Australia (AU)
  • Eduardo da Motta e Albuquerque, Federal University of Minas Gerais (BR)
  • Sadao Nagaoka, Hitotsubashi University (JP)
  • Scott Stern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, US)

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Patent Statistics for Decision Makers 2012

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