4 September 2013
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The EPO is pleased to announce the arrival of a new Chief Economist, Dr Theon van Dijk.
The EPO's Economics Unit was set up to provide economic insight into issues relating to patents, innovation and economic growth. It aims to contribute high level expertise and analysis to public and expert forums and to foster well-informed debate.
Theon van Dijk obtained a Doctorate in Economics from Maastricht University and held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Maastricht University and the Institut d'Économie Industrielle, Toulouse. Prior to joining the EPO, he was an economic consultant specialised in competition and regulation matters and held senior positions in leading international economic consultancies in London and Brussels, before founding his own consultancy.
Major areas of current interest of the Economics Unit include the economic impact of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, economic aspects of introducing a grace period and economic aspects of patenting behaviour by technological sector.
The appointment is made for a fixed term. Theon van Dijk is the fourth holder of the post, following Dominique Guellec, Bruno van Pottelsberghe and Nikolaus Thumm.