ETH Zurich | INNOTEC | Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy, New York University School of Law | Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre | US Patent & Trademark Office | University of East Anglia

We are seeking paper proposals from economics, management, and legal scholars for a one-and-a-half day workshop at the University of Oxford on December 7-8, 2012 on Empirical Studies of Trade Mark Data. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: “Are Trademarks a Complement to Patents?”; “Effects of Trade Mark Litigation”; “The Use of European Trade Marks by Small and Medium Size Enterprises”; “Examining Relative Grounds Examination”; “Trade Marks and Merchandising Incentives”; “What Trade Mark Renewal Reveals about Trade Mark Use”; and “A First Look into Comprehensive US trademark Case Files and Assignments Data, 1980-2010”.

 The workshop is part of a broader project to support better scholarship in this embryonic area of research and lead to the publication of high quality and high impact studies. The project is co-sponsored by ETH Zurich, INNOTEC, the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, the OHIM Academy, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Interested authors are encouraged to submit a two-page research proposal that includes an abstract of the intended paper, an outline of the methodologies to be used, and a  brief statement about the current state of the research project. Proposals should be submitted by July 27 2012, to Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 10, 2012. Our group would pay travel (standard fare) and accommodation for one author of each accepted paper to attend the workshop, and will also host a dinner for participants.

The Oxford workshop is intended to support the presentation by authors of preliminary work, and the authors attending to engage in collaborative and constructive commentary, with an aim toward mutual betterment of the preliminary work. The workshop will be attended not only by at least one author from each paper accepted into the project, but also by existing members of the group and a few leading scholars working in the area. We also expect representatives of WIPO, OHIM, the USPTO and the UK IPO to make presentations highlighting their recent work. USPTO trademark data is currently available at in XML and ASCII formats. During the summer of 2012, the USPTO is planning to release research datasets of the USPTO trademark casefiles and assignments in stata and CSV research-ready formats for use in doing empirical analysis.

Our hope is to convene a follow-up two-day public conference in Alexandria, Virginia at USPTO headquarters in the late Spring or Summer of 2013, though planning for that second event is still ongoing.

Please direct any questions to Georg von Graevenitz ( or Graeme Dinwoodie (


Stefan Bechtold (Associate Professor of Intellectual Property, ETH Zurich)

Barton Beebe (Professor of Law, New York University School of Law)

Graeme Dinwoodie (Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Oxford)

Stuart Graham (Chief Economist, USPTO, U.S. Department of Commerce)

Georg von Graevenitz (Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management, University of East Anglia)