EPIP 2017 PhD workshop

Bordeaux, 4 September 2017

Patent processing is an extensive and complex set of activities performed by national and international offices. It both filters out a large number of patent applications and aims at delimiting the claims of ultimately granted patents, with the ultimate aim of lowering transaction and litigation costs. Both price mechanisms (such as fees) and regulation (such as examination rules) enter patent processing, as they affect the applicants’ behavior as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the patent offices and the patent system at large. Besides, patent processing is in constant evolution, as it is called to meet the challenges of the globalization of inventive activities and the economic actors’ increasing demand for legal certainty and transparency of patent rights. Recent instances of this evolution are the cooperation among patent offices by means of the Global Dossier initiative and the adaptation of EPO’s procedures in the wake of the introduction of the EU Unitary Patent.

Understanding patent processing, and how to track it through data, is therefore increasingly necessary for all researchers in the law, economics and strategic management of patents. It also offers highly original research questions for young scholars.

The EPIP 2017 PhD workshop invites students in all fields to explore several elements of patent processing, focusing on the perspectives of examiners, applicants, and society at large. The event will consist of a morning pre-conference session in which leading scholars will present their ongoing or most recent research, placing special emphasis on technical challenges in data interpretation and retrieval. Students from law, economics and management are all invited and encouraged to take an active role in discussions with faculty. The workshop is also an ideal complement to the first plenary session of the conference, later on in the same day, on “Patent Geography: Global Applications & Regional Protection”, which will focus on how the national and international patent systems adapt to the challenges of the globalization of patent activities.

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Last update: May 2017



Andrew Toole (workshop chair; USTPO)

Dr. Andrew Toole is the Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Andrew Toole joined the USPTO with experience in the private sector, academia, and government (…)


Procedural perspectives

Liesbet Paemen (De Clercq & Partners, BE)

Liesbet Paemen did her PhD in Animal Biology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. She has conducted post-doctoral research both at the Department of Neuroimmunology at SUNY and at the Department of Molecular Immunology of the REGA Institute (University of Leuven, Belgium) (…)


The use of patenting fees as an economic mechanism for improving the patent system

Gaétan de Rassenfosse (EPFL, CH)

Gaétan de Rassenfosse is Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Science & Technology Policy at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). He joined the Institute of Technology and Public Policy at the College of Management of Technology in late 2014 (…)


Coffee break


Obstacle to prior art searching by the trilateral patent offices

Tetsuo Wada (Gakushuin University, JP)

Tetsuo Wada is Professor of International Business at the Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan. He obtained Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and LL.B. from the University of Tokyo (…)


Making sense of the foreign bias in patent processing

Yann Ménière (EPO Chief Economist)

Yann Ménière joined the European Patent Office as Chief Economist in February 2016. He was previously a professor of economics at MINES ParisTech, where he was leading the Chair on “IP and Markets for Technology” (…)