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United States Patent and Trademark Office


Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2024

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


Economist position available

The OCE is hiring an empirically oriented economist interested in research and policy related to intellectual property (IP). Economists with data and analytical experience related to innovation or IP, who write and communicate effectively, and who have a strong comprehension of microeconomic analysis are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due May 31. This job posting is available on USAjobs.gov. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.


Patent eligibility after Alice: Evidence from USPTO patent examination

In a new article published in the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, OCE researchers find that the Alice Corp. versus CLS Bank International Supreme Court decision reduced favorable patent eligibility decisions by 31% and significantly and persistently increased legal uncertainty in patent examination by 26% for a broad set of technologies. The analysis quantifies how legal decisions can limit patent protection and highlights the need for further research on how greater legal uncertainty affects upstream investments supporting invention and downstream innovations fueling growth.


OCE research dataset updates

  • The Patent Litigation Docket Reports Data has been updated to contain detailed patent litigation data on 96,966 unique district court cases filed during the period 1963-2020. A new technical document accompanies these data.
  • The updated Trademark Assignment Dataset contains 1.38 million trademark assignments, involving 2.39 million unique trademark properties, recorded by the USPTO between March 1952 and January 2024.

Additional updates are available on our webpage.

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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