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The annual OECD IP Statistics for Decision Makers conference 2016

This year’s IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM) conference is hosted by IP Australia and takes place in Sydney, Australia, 15-16 November 2016.

The IPSDM conference will discuss how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis are used and can be used to inform decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, and to identify key information needs and possible shortcomings.

The conference is organised by the OECD and IP Australia in cooperation with the  CIPO, EPO, EUIPO, Eurostat, ILPO, IMPI, INAPI, INPI, UKIPO, JPO, KIPO, NSF, OBI, UIBM, USPTO & WIPO.

2016 Scientific Committee
We are pleased to announce this year's IPSDM Scientific Committee:

The conference will feature presentations by the members of the 2016 IPSDM Scientific Committee. 

Registrations open

You can now register online to attend the 2016 IPSDM conference. Early Bird registrations have closed.
Conference registrations
are $500 (GST exclusive) per person.

The conference fee includes access to all sessions of the conference, lunches, a cocktail dinner reception at the hotel on Tuesday 15 November 2016 and a Sydney Harbour Side cruise on Wednesday 16 November 2016.

Discount accommodation at the Four Seasons hotel

Accommodation can be sourced at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney or in the surrounding area.


Call for papers now closed

Submissions of full papers and abstracts have now closed for the 2016 IPSDM conference to be held in Sydney, Australia.


  • Submissions deadline extended to 3 July 2016 - closed
  • Notification of acceptance 7 August 2016
  • Full papers due by 28 October 2016
  • Presentations due by 6 November 2016

CPE Points

The conference provides an opportunity for registered patent attorneys, registered trade mark attorneys, and attorneys jointly registered to obtain up to four CPE points for their attendance.

Getting in touch

For enquiries related to the program of the conference, please contact the OECD at ipsdm@oecd.org  

For enquiries related to the registration process, organisational and logistic details, please contact the organising committee: ipsdm2016@theassociationspecialists.com.au

For general enquiries related to communication including this website, please email IP Australia at ipsdm2016@ipaustralia.gov.au

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 Dr. Francis Gurry

Dr. Francis Gurry

Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organization

Francis Gurry is an Australian lawyer who has served as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since October 1, 2008. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge and is an honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries. He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence. Francis Gurry speaks English and French.
Patricia Kelly

Patricia Kelly

Director General at IP Australia

I have been Director-General of IP Australia since December 2013. IP Australia administers intellectual property rights in relation to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders’ rights. The organisation has approximately 1150 staff, primarily located in Canberra, and an annual budget of around $190 million primarily comprised of fee-based revenue. The agency also provides policy advice on intellectual property issues and undertakes education and awareness activities to promote the IP system.
Ben Mitra-Kahn

Ben Mitra-Kahn

Chief Economist at IP Australia

I am the Chief Economist at IP Australia, where I am building a team to provide evidence-based policy advice on Intellectual Property. IP Australia is responsible for legislation, enforcement, international negotiation and granting of patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders rights. I have recently joined IP Australia from the UK Intellectual Property Office where I was the economic advisor, covering areas as diverse as the EU patent, patent funds, thickets, backlogs, as well as business performance and IP rights. I also led on economics for the UK’s Hargreaves Review of intellectual property.
Kamil Kiljański

Kamil Kiljański

Chief Economist at the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market and Industry.

Kamil Kiljański is the Chief Economist at the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market and Industry. His team is tasked with producing economic evidence behind legislative and regulatory changes to EU copyright, patent and trademark regimes. He was a member of the Chief Economist Team at European Commission’s DG Competition (2003-2009). Prior to joining the Commission he worked for three years as a Senior Economist at LECG (an antitrust consultancy, now Compass Lexecon) in its London office. He was also involved in several International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) litigation cases, as well as advised on telecom regulatory matters. He earned his PhD in economics from Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) and received his LLM in EU law degree from King’s College London.

Our speakers

We are currently sourcing an assemblage of the best speakers in the industry to inform and inspire attendees.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the upcoming conference, Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General World Intellectual Property Organization. We will keep updating this page as speakers are announced, so please watch this space.

Alan C Marco

Alan C Marco

Chief Economist at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Alan C. Marco is the Chief Economist at the US Patent and Trademark Office, and previously served as an expert adviser to the agency. Dr. Marco obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held tenured academic positions at Vassar College and at Washington and Lee University. His research focuses on policy-relevant topics in intellectual property, including uncertainty in intellectual property rights, the costs of regulatory delay, the strategic management of IP portfolios, and open data and transparency more generally. His policy work includes participating in Vice-President Biden's Cancer Moonshot task force, the G20 Innovation working group, and the IP5 statistical working group. Dr. Marco was instrumental in the creation of www.PatentsView.org, a free and open platform for distributing high-quality patent data. He has published articles in top economics journals and law reviews, and has been a collaborator on several major government projects and reports. He is regularly invited to speak at organizations such as the National Academies of Science, the Hoover Institution, the Searle Center, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and other institutions.
Andrew Leech

Andrew Leech

Manager, Innovation and Commercialisation

Andrew Leech is a commercialisation professional, who specializes in medical device and therapeutic development, and licensing. He has a PhD in Biochemistry and is a registered Patent and Trademark attorney. For the last ten years Andrew has performed various intellectual property management, product development, and management roles at Australian universities and startup companies.
Johanne Belisle

Johanne Belisle

Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-Marks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Johanne Bélisle was appointed Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-Marks and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), effective September 8, 2015. Previously, Johanne was Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Canada, Québec Region (Employment and Social Development Canada) since April 2013. From 2011 to 2013, Johanne was Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. From 2007 to 2011, she was Assistant Deputy Minister at Public Works and Government Service Canada where she led Corporate Services, Policy and Communications and Acquisitions teams. Johanne participated in the Accelerated Executive Development Program (AEXDP) from 1997 to 2003; and has held senior management positions at Social Development Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Canadian Heritage and Finance Canada. Johanne holds a Masters in Business Administration from Ottawa University, a Certificate in Public Relations from Laval University and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Originally from Montreal, Johanne has three children and two grandchildren.
Carsten Fink

Carsten Fink

Chief Economist, World Intellectual Property Organisation

Carsten Fink is the Chief Economist of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) based in Geneva. Before joining WIPO, he was Professor of International Economics at the University of St.Gallen. He also held the positions of Visiting Professor at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Group d’Economie Mondiale, a research institute at Sciences Po. Prior to his academic appointments, Mr. Fink worked for more than 10 years at the World Bank. Among other positions, he was a Senior Economist in the International Trade Team of the World Bank Institute, working out of the World Bank’s office in Geneva and an Economist in the Trade Division of the World Bank’s research department, based in Washington, DC. Mr. Fink’s research work has been published in academic journals and books. He holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg in Germany and a Master of Science degree in economics from the University of Oregon in the United States.
Yann Ménière

Yann Ménière

Chief Economist, European Patent Office

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". His research and expertise relate to the economics of innovation, competition and intellectual property. In recent years, he has been focusing more specifically on IP and standards, markets for technology, and IP issues in climate negotiations. Besides his academic publications, he has prepared a number of policy studies related to patents for the European Commission and other public organisations. He has been teaching the economics of IP at Imperial College, Université Catholique de Louvain and CEIPI.
Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen

Chair in Public Policy & Engagement University of Melbourne

Paul Jensen is a professor of economics in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, the University of Melbourne. He currently holds the position of Chair in Public Policy & Engagement and has a PhD in industrial economics from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Although he has published in many different areas of empirical economics, most of his recent research is on the economics of innovation and the “science of science and innovation policy”. He has published in prestigious international journals in economics and management. Paul also participates regularly in important policy debates as illustrated by submissions to Government reviews and publications in the popular press. He has provided advice on a wide range of economic issues to numerous national and international agencies including IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the OECD, the European Commission, and the Productivity Commission. He was also an expert panellist on WIPO’s Roundtable on “IP and SMEs”.
Mark  Schankermann

Mark Schankermann

Professor in Economics at the London School of Economics

Mark Schankerman is a professor in economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), research associate at the Centre for Economics Performance (CEP), and research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, formerly taught at New York University, and was a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research for 10 years. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Schankerman served as director of Policy Research and advisor to the chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also worked at the World Bank and has extensive consultancy experience in the private and public sectors. He has contributed extensively to the literature on patents, research and development, productivity, and the economics of emerging economies. Dr. Schankerman is currently an editor of Economics of Transition, associate editor of Rand Journal of Economics, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Industrial Economics. His book The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development (MIT Press, 2010) with Josh Lerner (Harvard Business School) was reviewed in the Economist (January 13, 2011). He is a member of the Expert Panel advising the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, commissioned by the UK government.
Ruud Peters

Ruud Peters

CEO and Founder Peters IP Consultancy Executive Vice President, Part time Advisor Philips

Ruud Peters, a national of the Netherlands, was appointed Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) of Philips in 1999, in which position he was responsible for managing the worldwide IP portfolio and the technical and formal standardization activities of Philips. He joined the Philips organization in 1977. He retired in his role as CIPO at the end of 2013, but continues to work for Philips as part time advisor. Mr. Peters is also a (advisory) board member of a number of technology and IP licensing companies in Europe and the USA and of the School of Management of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He has a background in physics. Mr. Peters was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010 and in 2014 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his lifetime contributions to the field of IP from Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
Pippa Hall

Pippa Hall

UK Intellectual Property Office

Pippa Hall is the Chief Economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office, where she leads the 15strong Economics, Research and Evidence team. As Chief Economist, Pippa ensures that the IPO's policy development addresses the key issues and has a robust evidence base. Her focus is on the contribution of IP to innovation and growth, infringement and enforcement of IP, and valuation of IP. Prior to her appointment as Chief Economist, Pippa had responsibility in the IPO for policy on copyright law, in which capacity she led the implementation of the Hargreaves Review. Pippa has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Sheffield University, and a master's degree in Industrial and Financial Economics from Royal Holloway.
Daren Tang

Daren Tang

Chief Executive, Singapore Intellectual Property Office

Mr Daren Tang was appointed Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) on 16 November 2015. Prior to his appointment, Mr Tang was Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) of IPOS and in charge of the Registries Cluster, which is the regulatory arm of IPOS. He helmed the Cluster from 1 August 2012, and was responsible for the regulatory framework of all types of IP in Singapore, including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. Mr Tang also oversaw the operations of the Registries of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs, as well as the development of Singapore’s IP policy and legal regime. He also represented Singapore in international IP negotiations, including at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and in Free Trade Agreements. During his tenure as DCE, Mr Tang was instrumental in ensuring that Singapore’s IP framework remained relevant to businesses and served the needs of society. In particular, Mr Tang took active steps to adjust Singapore’s copyright regime and championed for the Republic to be amongst the first few countries in the world to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty so that the visually handicapped community would gain greater access to copyrighted material. He is currently co-leading major reviews of Singapore’s copyright and design regimes. Under his leadership, Mr Tang also successfully improved IPOS’ registration processes and made them more customer-friendly. A key accomplishment was the launch of an integrated e-filing platform – IP2SG – which makes it easier for applicants to file and register their IP with IPOS. In recent years, Mr Tang led the IP negotiations for Singapore in three major FTAs: the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, and the European Union-Singapore FTA (EUSFTA). In the TPP, Mr Tang was tasked with Chairmanship of the overall IP negotiations, and worked with fellow negotiators from twelve Asia-Pacific nations to help bring the negotiations to a close. Prior to joining IPOS, Mr Tang was a Senior State Counsel with the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, where he advised the Singapore Government on a number of complex international law issues. He was the lead services negotiator in the US-Singapore FTA (USSFTA), in his capacity as legal counsel to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he was seconded from March 2001 to June 2003. Mr Tang was also a member of the legal team which argued Singapore’s case in the dispute with Malaysia over the sovereignty of Pedra Branca. He was awarded a public administration medal, Pingat Pentadbrian Awam (Bronze), for his work on the case. In 2016, Mr Tang was also awarded the public administration medal (Silver) in appreciation of his outstanding service to the nation. Mr Tang holds a LL.B (2nd Upper, Hons) from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, and an LL.M (with distinction) from the Georgetown University Law Centre, where he was also a Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2013.
Jonathan Coppel

Jonathan Coppel

Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Jonathan Coppel was appointed as a full-time Commissioner in July 2011. Jonathan is an economist with extensive international and domestic experience advising governments on macroeconomic, investment, energy, social, environmental and regulatory policy. Prior to his appointment, Jonathan was Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa office. During his OECD career he also held senior roles as Counsellor to the Chief Economist, Executive Manager of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative, Head of the EU and UK Desks and analyst at the International Energy Agency. In Australia he has held senior management positions at the Reserve Bank and started his career at the Commonwealth Treasury. Jonathan has lectured at the World Trade Institute's Mile Masters Programme in International Law and Economics and the Paris Sciences Po Institute. While overseas he established and was a director of Cafe Oz, the first Australian bar in Paris. Jonathan has a Masters in Economics and Management from Columbia University, New York, a Bachelor in Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jonathan is currently a Presiding Commissioner on the Intellectual Property Arrangements inquiry and the Education Evidence Base Inquiry. He was most recently the Commissioner overseeing a research project on Disruptive Technologies: What do Governments need to do?
Rosemarie Ziedonis

Rosemarie Ziedonis

Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Boston University (US)

Rosemarie Ziedonis is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation and Dean’s Scholar at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She has a Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Questrom, she served on the faculty at the University of Oregon, the Wharton School, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she co-directed the Program for Law, Economics, and Technology. Her research examines the value and strategic use of intellectual property, and broader aspects of innovation policy and management. Findings from her studies have been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Organization Science, Management Science, the Rand Journal of Economics, Research Policy, Science and the Strategic Management Journal. She is an Associate Editor at Management Science, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Marcus Lawford-Miles

Marcus Lawford-Miles

Managing Consultant, Servian

Marcus has an in-depth understanding and passion for data, software development and enterprise consulting from a career that has spanned a wide range of different industries including Telecommunications, Professional Services, Finance, Education, Media and Government. In recent years, in the world where data is the new oil, Marcus has focused his efforts helping organisations navigate and consume their greatest and often most overlooked asset, Data. Using innovative solutions around analytics and visualisation, Marcus's primary goal is to create intuitive and user-centric experiences to make data consumption easy and for everyone. He believes a solid bedrock of data principles and practices is essential for any modern data-driven organisation for growth and quality customer engagement. Outside of work, Marcus is a keen surfer, over enthusiastic DIY'er, husband and father to two boys. He has a good sense of humour and uses it as often as humanly possible to survive the challenging and occasionally dangerous world of Information Management.
Brendan Cheong

Brendan Cheong

Manager Patents & Technical IP Australian and New Zealand Patent and Trade Mark Attorney

Brendan is an Australian patent and trade mark attorney who has worked in the field of Intellectual Property since 2001. Brendan’s early career in Intellectual Property includes placements at patent law firms in Japan and Australia, working on the innovations of some of the world’s largest electronics companies. In 2008, Brendan took up an in-house position at a private Australian research and development company to manage their Intellectual Property portfolio, and later also took up a position at the commercialization office of one of Australia’s largest universities. Currently, Brendan is the Intellectual Property manager for Rio Tinto and is responsible for influencing IP strategy and managing a large and varied IP portfolio.
Professor Beth Webster

Professor Beth Webster

Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Policy and Impact)

Professor Beth Webster is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Policy and Impact). She is also an Honorary Professorial Fellow, at the universities of Melbourne, Oxford and Tasmania. Her research interests cover several areas of applied economics including innovation; intangible capital; intellectual property; firm performance and public policy for the translation of science. Under the name Elizabeth Webster she has authored over 100 articles on the economics of innovation and firm performance and has been published in RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law & Economics and Cambridge Journal of Economics. She has been appointed to a number of committees including the Lomax-Smith Base funding Review; the Bracks’ Review of the Automotive Committee; CEDA Advisory Council; the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property; European Policy for Intellectual Property Association; and Asia Pacific Innovation Network.
Derek Minihane

Derek Minihane

Head of Sound Processors and Accessories and IP Strategy, Program Manager

Derek currently is Head of Sound Processors and Accessories and IP Strategy, Program Manager Research and Technology for Cochlear where he leads a product development group, drives the long term research program, and overseas the IP function within R&D. Derek manages approximately 60 engineers who are responsible for the design and creation of sound processors, related accessories, and embedded firmware, including the development and implementation of the strategy for future devices and capabilities. He directs the long term research program through seven clusters which define technical research programs and ensure the delivery of outcomes and new technologies to support the product roadmap and understand future opportunities. He also manages key relationships with research institutes and business partners in these roles. In his IP role he is responsible for (1) advising the company on all aspects of IP management, including strategic alliances, research agreements, confidential information, and interactions with third parties, (2) developing the patent and trademark portfolio, and (3) advising the legal department on third party disputes, including patent litigation. Previously, Derek was Vice President of IP at Intermolecular, Inc. where he was in charge of IP and licensing for the company. Intermolecular is a small company that operates by forming collaborations and strategic alliances with much larger companies in the semiconductor and solar markets to develop and license technologies using its proprietary high productivity combinatorial services, tools and solutions. Prior to Intermolecular, Derek was Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law for Altera Corporation. Derek regularly speaks at IP and licensing conferences in various countries. In addition to his extensive experience as in-house counsel, Derek gained significant litigation and prosecution experience while at the patent law firms of Fish & Neave, and Curtis, Morris & Safford. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center. He is an US lawyer and registered US patent attorney.
Jeremy de Beer

Jeremy de Beer

Full Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law

Jeremy is a Full Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he creates and shapes ideas—about technology innovation, intellectual property, and global trade and development. As an award-winning professor recognized for exceptional contributions to research and law teaching, Jeremy has published five books and dozens of peer-reviewed articles on innovation in the digital economy, life science industries, and clean technology sector. Jeremy is a co-founder and director of the Open African Innovation Research network, Open AIR, which connects dozens of researchers across African countries, Canada and elsewhere to scale up innovation by easing tensions between intellectual property and access to knowledge. Also a practicing lawyer and expert consultant, he has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, advised businesses and law firms both large and small, and consulted for agencies from national governments and the United Nations.
Dr Alica Daly

Dr Alica Daly

Head of Patent Analytics, Office of the Chief Economist at IP Australia

Dr Alica Daly has been the Head of Patent Analytics at IP Australia since September 2014. The Patent Analytics Hub helps Australian innovators make the most of their intellectual property and more effectively commercialise research by preparing patent analytics studies and technology assessment reports to researchers and policy makers. Her background includes time as a patent examiner and patent analyst at IP Australia. She joined IP Australia as a patent examiner in 2007 and during that time examined patents in many chemical technology areas and trained new examiners in prior art searching techniques. In 2013 Alica joined the Patent Analytics Hub as a Senior Patent Analyst. In that role she completed patent analytics reports for Australian medical research institutes and the federal government Department of Industry. Alica holds a PhD in organic chemistry and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She has special interests in data visualisation and open data.
Andrew Christie

Andrew Christie

Chair of Intellectual Property, Melbourne Law School

Andrew Christie was appointed the foundation Chair of Intellectual Property at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, in 2002. From 2002-2008, he was the founding Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), a national centre for multidisciplinary research on IP. Admitted to legal practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, he worked for many years in the IP departments of law firms in Melbourne and London. He is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar, and has held appointments at the University of Cambridge, Duke University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Toronto. He has advised WIPO and other inter-governmental organizations on intellectual property law and policy, and has served on the Australian government’s Copyright Law Review Committee, Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, and Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee.
Dirk Pilat

Dirk Pilat

Deputy Director of the OECD

Dirk Pilat, a Dutch national, is Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. He supports the Director of STI in overseeing OECD’s work on innovation, business and productivity dynamics, science and technology, digital economy policy, consumer policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas. He also helps ensure this work contributes to the strategic objectives of the Organisation to support and develop better policies for better lives. Dirk joined the OECD in February 1994 and has worked on many policy issues since then, including innovation, the role of digital technologies for economic growth, climate change and environmental innovation, labour markets, regulatory reform, global value chains, productivity and entrepreneurship, as well as health innovation. He was one of the coordinators of the 2015 OECD report The Innovation Imperative – Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Wellbeing, that brings together policy analysis on innovation from across the OECD. Dirk was responsible for the OECD’s Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy from 2006 to January 2009, and for the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from February 2009 to December 2012. Before joining the OECD, he was a researcher at the University of Groningen, where he also earned his PhD in Economics, working primarily on productivity and economic growth.
Luke Meehan

Luke Meehan

Deputy Chief Economist, IP Australia

Luke Meehan is the Deputy Chief Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at IP Australia where he is responsible for the teams providing IP open data, economic and policy analysis on IP and the Patent Analytics Hub. The Office of the Chief Economist delivers world-class research and data on IP rights, technology landscapes and innovation economics, as well as innovative software like IP NOVA. His current research interests include university-industry collaboration, trade marks and investment, the policy implications of Geographical Indications, and the corporate financing implications of IP. Luke has recently had his PhD thesis “Finance and Investment in Japan”, accepted at the Australian National University, has held Visiting roles at the University of Tokyo and Keio University, and has worked in economics and finance across Asia.
The Hon Craig Laundy MP

The Hon Craig Laundy MP

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

Craig has a professional background having worked in the family business, Laundy Hotels, for over 20 years. In 1996 Craig moved to the company's headquarters to oversee the modernisation of the business and assumed responsibility for the front line operations in 1997. In 2013 Craig left the family business to seek election to Federal Parliament as the Liberal Candidate for Reid. He was sworn in as Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in July 2016. Since election to Federal Parliament Craig has been appointed to the Joint Statutory Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and the Joint Standing Committee of Migration. Craig also serves on a number of Backbench Policy Committees including Small Business, Immigration, Economics and Finance.


  • Sydney, Australia

  • 15-16 November

  • Party after event

  • 9.30

    Residential Suite, Level 2 Four Seasons Hotel

    Registration desk opens
  • 10.00

    Residential Suite, Level 2 Four Seasons Hotel

    IP data workshop -Presentations by IP Australia, National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI, France), OECD ,
    United Kingdom IP Office (UK-IPO), United States Patent & Trade Mark Office (USPTO), World
    Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

  • 13.00

    Residential Suite, Level 2 Four Seasons Hotel

    Lunch break

  • 14.00

    Residential Suite, Level 2 Four Seasons Hotel

    Introduction to the PATSTAT product line - European Patent Office (EPO)
  • 16.00

    Residential Suite, Level 2 Four Seasons Hotel

    PATSTAT user day - European Patent Office (EPO)
  • 8.30

    Grand Foyer

    Registration desk opens
  • 9.00

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Welcome to Country by Gadigal Elder Uncle Charles (Chicka) Madden
    Welcome address by Patricia Kelly (IP Australia) and Alessandra Colecchia (OECD)
  • 9.30

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Keynote - Francis Gurry, Director General WIPO
  • 10.15

    Grand Foyer

    Morning Tea - Coffee and tea break
  • 11.00

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Session 1 - International patent protection and trade; Chair: Yann Ménière (EPO)

    Paul Jensen (Uni. Of Melbourne), Alfons Palangkaraya & Beth Webster (Swinburne Uni.)
    The effect of patents on trade.

    Brian Wright (Berkeley), Siwei Cao (Beijing Normal Uni), & Zhen Lei (Penn State)
    Speed of Patent Protection, Rate of Technical Knowledge Obsolescence and Optimal Patent Strategy: Evidence from Innovations Patented in the US, China and several other countries

    Kamil Kiljański (European Commission)
    Patent Supplementary Protection Certificates and pharmaceutical investment: Evidence from a cross-country study
  • 12.30

    Grand Foyer

    Lunch break
  • 13.30

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Panel 1 - IP in Free Trade Agreements; Chair: Carsten Fink (WIPO)

    Panel members:
    Daren Tang, (IPOS)
    Patricia Kelly (IP Australia)
    Johanne Belisle (CIPO)
  • 14.30

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Session 2 - Entrepeneurship and firm growth with a patent data lens; Chair: Ruud Peters (Philips IP Consultancy)

    Arvidis Ziedonis (Stanford Uni. & Boston Uni.)
    The Private Value of Patents for Entrepreneurial Firms: Evidence from Medical Devices, Semiconductor Devices, and Software

    Jan- Bart Vervenne & Bart van Looy (KU Leuven)
    Small business and economic growth: delineating the impact of Schumpeterian entrepreneurship in Europe using patent statistics

    Isamu Yamauchi (Meiji Gakuin Uni.) & Sadao Nagaoka (Tokyo Keizai Uni.)
    Effects of First Patent Acquisition on the Corporate Growth
  • 16.00


    Afternoon Tea - Coffee and tea break
  • 16.30

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Panel 2 - Reviewing and Reforming the IP System; Chair: Mariagrazia Squicciarini (OECD)

    Panel members:
    Jeremy de Beer (U. of Ottawa)
    Pippa Hall (UK-IPO)
    Mark Schankerman (London School of Economics)
    Jonathan Coppel (Productivity Commission)
  • 17.45

    Close of Day 1, and invitiation to drinks and dinner (IP Australia)
  • 18.00

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Cocktails and canapés followed by conference dinner
  • 8.30

    Grand Foyer

    Registration desk opens
  • 9.00

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Session 3 - Patent Quality and Value; Chair: Rosemarie Ziedonis (Boston University)

    Yoshimi Okada (Hitotsubashi University)
    Effects of Quality Improvement in International Search Reports on Patent Applicants' Behavior: Evidence from Examination Policy Change in the Japan Patent Office in 1999.

    Alan Marco (USPTO), Joshua Sarnoff (DePaul Uni.) & Charles deGrazia (Uni. of London)
    Patent Claims and Patent Scope

    Andrew Torrance (Uni. Of Kansas) & Jevin West (Uni. Of Washington)
    Are Litigated Patents More Valuable?

    Mark Thompson (ETH Zurich)
    The Value of International Patent Protection: A new look
  • 10.50

    Grand Foyer

    Morning Tea - coffee and tea break
  • 11.20

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Session 4 - Trade marks, brands and geographical indications; Chair: Beth Webster (Swinburne University)

    Dirk Crass (ZEW), Dirk Czarnitzki (KU Leuven) & Andrew Toole (USPTO)
    The Dynamic Relationship between Investments in Brand Equity and Firm Profitability: Evidence using Trademark Registrations.

    Hazel Moir (Australian National University)
    Geographical indications: EU policy at home and abroad.

    Angelina Bruno (Dept. of Industry) & Luke Meehan (IP Australia)
    If trade marks lead business confidence, can it be forecast reliably?
  • 12.45

    Grand Foyer

    Lunch Break
  • 13.45

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Panel 3 - Patent Analytics in business; Chair: Alica Daly (Patent Analytics Hub)

    Panel members:
    Brendan Cheong (Rio Tinto)
    Marcus Lawford-Miles (Servian)
    Andrew Leech (James Cook University)
    Derek Minihane (Cochlear)
  • 15.00

    Grand Foyer

    Afternoon Tea - Coffee and tea break
  • 15.30

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Session 5 - Patents, Standards and technology development; Chair: Paul Jensen (University of Melbourne)

    Justus Baron (Northwestern Uni. & MINES ParisTech)
    The Causal Effect of Essential Patents on Follow-on Innovation Related to Technology Standards.

    Gaétan de Rassenfosse & Emilio Raiteri (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
    Technology protectionism and the patent system: Strategic technologies in China.

    Heng Geng, Sandy Lai (Uni. Of Hong Kong) & Harald Hau (Uni. of Geneva)
    Technological Progress and Ownership Structure.
  • 17.00

    Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

    Closing address by Hon Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 17.15

    Walk to Commissioner’s Steps Wharf, Circular Quay
  • 17.30

    Commissioner’s Steps Wharf, Circular Quay

    Harbour Cruise and drinks.

    Meeting Point: Commissioner’s Steps Wharf, Circular Quay

    Time: 1745-2030

    Please note: Cruise tickets are required for entry (located in your name badge pack).


Scardamaglia, A. & M. Adams Registering Non-Traditional Signs as Trade Marks in Australia: A Retrospective

Julius, T., G. de Rassenfosse & A. Palangkaraya From Technology to Market: Revelations from an IPC-Nice Concordance Table

Jahn, V. & M.F. Steinhardt Innovation and Immigration - Insights from a Placement Policy

Awad, B. & M. Cadogan The Politics and State of Play of Geographical Indications in Preferential Trade Agreements

Wada, T Divergent rejection reasons and grant decisions: evidence from the trilateral patent offices

de Beer, J, Kraemer-Mbula, E & Wunsch-Vincent, S Book Launch: The Informal Economy in Developing Nations - Hidden Engine of Innovation? de Beer, Jeremy Evidence-based IP policymaking: An integrated review of methods and conclusions

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There are some common questions which we’ve listed here. If you still have any questions, please feel free to tweet to us at @IPAustralia_OCE.

What is the IPSDM conference?

The IP Statistics for Decision Makers conference (IPSDM) is a two day conference that will examine how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis are used and can be used to inform decision-makers in both the public and private sectors. It also aims to identify key information needs and possible shortcomings.

This year’s IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM) conference will be hosted by IP Australia and takes place in Sydney, Australia, 15-16 November 2016.

Who is organising the conference?

The conference is organised by the OECD and IP Australia in cooperation with the EPO, Eurostat, JPO, KIPO, NSF, OHIM, UK-IPO, USPTO & WIPO.

IP Australia is the Australian government agency responsible for administering intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights.

When will the conference be held?

The conference will begin on Tuesday 15 November and conclude on Wednesday 16 November 2016. On the Monday 14 November 2016 there will be an IP data workshop and a PATSTAT introduction and workshop hosted by the European Patent Office (EPO).

Where will the conference be held?

The conference will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. The address for the venue is 199 George Street, Sydney NSW Australia 2000.  

Please visit the hotel website for more information: www.fourseasons.com/sydney

How much does the conference cost?

Early bird registrations are $400+GST per person until 30 May 2016. From the 1 June 2016 registrations are $500+GST per person.

You can register for the conference via our registration portal.

What is included in the conference registration?

You get access to all sessions of the conference, a cocktail dinner reception at the hotel on Tuesday 15 November, and a harbour side cruise around Sydney on Wednesday 16 November.

What are the themes for the conference?

The OECD IP Statistics task force is currently working on the themes of the conference.

When do call for papers open?

A call for papers will be made in February 2016.

When do conference registrations open?

Registrations will open in March.

How much is the accommodation?

Accommodation is available at the Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney, where the conference is taking place, and is charged at $300 AUD per night, per person.

What do I need to know about Sydney?

Sydney is Australia's largest and most famous city. It's home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the serene tranquillity of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone.

The weather in November in Sydney is hard to predict, however it tends to be warming up as summer arrives. In November, the average daytime temperature is 20 degrees celsius.

Visit www.sydney.com for inspiration.

Who are the members of the Scientific Committee?

The 2016 scientific committee will consist of the following members:

  • Mark Schankerman, London School of Economics (UK)
  • Beth Webster, University of Swinburne (AU)
  • Reiko Aoki, Hitotsubashi University (JP)
  • Yann Ménière, European Patent Office
  • Ruud Peters, Philips (NL)
  • Rosemarie Ziedonis, Boston University (US)
  • Owen Malone, Treasury Wine Estates, IP Director (AU)
  • Paul Jensen, University of Melbourne (AU). 

Who is speaking at the conference?

We are currently sourcing an assemblage of the best speakers in the industry to inform and inspire attendees, and I’m pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the upcoming conference, Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

We look forward to announcing new speakers in the lead up the conference, please watch this space.