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Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2023

Latest updates from the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE):


Employment in IP-intensive industries during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

OCE recently released an Economic Note that examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, with a special focus on those industries that most intensively use various forms of intellectual property (IP). In an analysis of monthly employment data, we find initial job losses, as a share of total employment, were lower in the IP-intensive industries than in other, non-IP-intensive industries. Recovery across all industry groups was rapid after the initial job losses, except for the performing and creative arts industries, which did not see significant improvement until the spring and summer of 2021.

How does digital piracy affect innovation? Evidence from software firms OCE economist

OCE economist Julian Kolev recently co-authored “How does digital piracy affect innovation? Evidence from software firms” in the journal Research Policy. The article finds rising software piracy led firms to increase their subsequent rates of copyright, trademark, and patent filings, as well as their research and development spending. These findings suggest greater rates of innovation may be an effective response to digital piracy.


PatentsView data update

PatentsView has updated their data through September 29, 2022. For more information, see the PatentsView release notes.

PatentsView: Annualized data files for patents, assignees, and inventor gender

The PatentsView Annualized datasets, for those interested in exploring patents and their inventors and companies, was recently updated through June 2022. These datasets are in .csv files small enough for users without data science or coding knowledge to manipulate and view information about the inventors and company(ies) associated with every granted patent, including the gender of inventors generated by our gender attribution process. For more information, see PatentsView Annualized datasets.


Chief Economist Speaker Series

The Chief Economist Speaker Series invited Satyaki Chakravarty (University of North Carolina Greensboro), to present his paper, "The America Invents Act and Innovation by Small Entities," and Nathan Goldschlag (U.S. Census Bureau) to present his paper, "Measuring the Characteristics and Employment Dynamics of U.S. Inventors." More information on the speakers is available on our events page.

Additional updates are available at www.uspto.gov/economics.

Thank you,
The OCE team

Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Policy and International Affairs
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Department of Commerce
Phone: 571-272-6900

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