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Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5128

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IP Events at IIT Chicago-Kent

Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property

September 19-20, 2014

We are pleased to announce the second annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property, co-hosted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The roundtable will take place in Chicago, IL on September 19-20.

The roundtable is intended to give scholars engaging in empirical and experimental studies of IP a chance to receive feedback on their work at an early stage in their research. Accordingly, the roundtable will be limited to a small cohort of scholars discussing projects that are still in their developmental stages. Projects that will have substantially begun data collection by the time of the roundtable are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.

The roundtable will be organized around a modest number of projects. Each project presenter will be expected to circulate a description of the project of no more than 10 pages by September 5. Each project will be assigned to an expert commenter and will be allotted 45 minutes of discussion by the attendees.

We welcome applications from scholars in the social sciences and law. Travel and lodging support for presenters will be provided.

Applications are due by August 1. To apply to present at the workshop, please email Patrick Goold with the following information:

  • Name
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Title of Project
  • Description of Project (<750 words) including the issues to be addressed and the empirical methods to be employed.
  • Acknowledgement that the project will not have reached data collection by the time of the workshop.

Christopher Buccafusco, Co-Director, CESIP Chicago-Kent
Alan Marco, Acting Chief Economist, USPTO
David Schwartz, Co-Director, CESIP Chicago-Kent
Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Expert Advisor, USPTO

Past Events

Workshop on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property

October 11-12, 2013

The first Workshop on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property, jointly sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent's Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, took place in Chicago, IL, on October 11-12, 2013. CESIP Co-Directors Christopher Buccafusco and David Schwartz organized the event with the USPTO's Acting Chief Economist, Alan Marco, and the USPTO's Expert Advisor, Saurabh Vishnubhakat.

The projects represented an interdisciplinary range of empirical methods, including econometric data analyses, experiments, surveys, and qualitative studies. The research questions involved a wide variety of legal issues in patent, copyright, and trademark law.

Click here to see the workshop schedule.

PatCon 3: The annual Patent Conference

April 12–13, 2013

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661

The Patent Conference is a cooperative effort among the University of Kansas School of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, and Boston College Law School to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research.

In 2010, the founders of PatCon—law professors David Olson, Dave Schwartz, Ted Sichelman and Andrew Torrance—realized that the growth and importance of research in the area of patents required an exclusive forum that would enable participants to share their research with other experts and explore links across the legal and business side of patents.

>> For more information about PatCon 3, visit the conference web page.

IIT Chicago-Kent Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)

September 26, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The Supreme Court IP Review is an annual conference designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term, a preview of cases on the docket for the upcoming term, and a discussion of cert. petitions to watch.

>> For more information or to register, visit the SCIPR website at