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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 EPO, Eurostat, JPO, KIPO, NSF, EUIPO, UK-IPO, 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 now 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.

Accommodation has been sourced at the conference venue, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, and can be purchased at the time of registering at $300 per night, by selecting the nights of accommodation you require. Accommodation must be booked before 10 October.

Please note: rooms and limited and booking fast. 


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

Stay informed

Don’t forget to sign up for our conference email updates for all the latest news and information. Follow @IPAustralia and @IPAustralia_OCE and the dedicated hashtag #IPSDM on Twitter. 

Please feel free to circulate this event among your networks and all those that may be interested in participating in the event.

 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.

Karen Chester

Karen Chester

Deputy Chair and Commissioner at Productivity Commission

Karen Chester is the Deputy Chair and a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission. Prior to her appointment in 2014, Karen was a Partner and Global Head of Infrastructure at Mercer. Before joining Mercer, Karen was a Partner at Access Capital Advisers and the CEO of its predecessor, Access Economics. Before her move to the private sector, Karen held senior economic policy roles in the Commonwealth Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Karen has a first class honours degree in economics from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the AICD. Karen has held directorships on several Australian infrastructure company boards. In 2015, the Australian Government appointed Karen to Chair an Expert Panel to undertake a capability review of ASIC.
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

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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”.
Owen Malone

Owen Malone

Treasury Wine Estates, IP Director (AU)

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

Daren Tang

Daren Tang

Singapore Intellectual Property Office

Jonathan Coppel

Jonathan Coppel

Productivity Commission

Rosemarie Ziedonis

Rosemarie Ziedonis

Boston University (US)

Marcus Lawford-Miles

Marcus Lawford-Miles



  • Sydney, Australia

  • 15-16 November

  • Party after event

  • 9.30

    Registration desk opens
  • 10.00

    IP data workshop - IP Australia's Office of the Chief Economist & OECD

  • 13.00

    Lunch break

  • 14.00

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

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

    Registration desk opens
  • 9.00

    Welcome, including Welcome to Country and opening address
  • 9.30

    Keynote - Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General WIPO
  • 10.15

    Morning Tea - Coffee and tea break
  • 10.40

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

    Jensen, P.,  A. Palangkaraya & E. Webster
    The effect of patents on trade.

    Iliuteanu, M.A. & L. Chen
    South East Asian Developing Nations and GVC Participation: How can TRIPS plus Provisions in the TPP Contribute to Upgrading?

    Cao, S., Z. Lei & B. Wright
    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

    K. Kiljański
    Patent Supplementary Protection Certificates and pharmaceutical investment: Evidence from a cross-country study
  • 12.30

    Lunch  break
  • 13.30

    Panel 1 - IP in Free Trade Agreements; Chair: TBC

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

    Session 2 - Entrepeneurship and firm growth with a patent data lens; Chair: Ruud Peters

    Ziedonis, A. A.
    The Private Value of Patents for Entrepreneurial Firms: Evidence from Medical Devices, Semiconductor Devices, and Software

    Vervenne, J.B. & B. van Looy
    Small business and economic growth: delineating the impact of Schumpeterian entrepreneurship in Europe using patent statistics

    Yamauchi, I. & S. Nagaoka
    Effects of First Patent Acquisition on the Corporate Growth
  • 16.00

    Afternoon Tea - Coffee and tea break
  • 14.30

    Panel 2 - Reviewing and Reforming the IP System; Chair: Dirk Pilat

    Panel members:
    Jeremy de Beers (U. of Ottawa)
    Pippa Hall (UK-IPO)
    Karen Chester (Productivity Commission) Jonathan Coppel (Productivity Commission)
  • 17.45

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

    Cocktails and canapés followed by conference dinner
  • 8.30

    Registration desk opens
  • 9.00

    Session 3 - Patent Quality and Value; Chair: Rosemarie Ziedonis

    Okada, Y.
    Effects of Quality Improvement in International Search Reports on Patent Applicants' Behavior: Evidence from Examination Policy Change in the Japan Patent Office in 1999.

    Marco, A., J. D. Sarnoff & C. A. deGrazia
    Patent Claims and Patent Scope

    Torrance, A. & J.D. West
    Are Litigated Patents More Valuable?

    Thompson, M. J.
    The Value of International Patent Protection: A new look
  • 10.40

    Morning Tea - coffee and tea break
  • 11.10

    Session 4 - Trade marks, brands and geographical indications; Chair: Elisabeth Webster

    Crass,D., D. Czarnitzki & A. A. Toole
    The Dynamic Relationship between Investments in Brand Equity and Firm Profitability: Evidence using Trademark Registrations.

    Moir, H.
    Geographical indications: EU policy at home and abroad.

    Bruno, A & L. Meehan
    If trade marks lead business confidence, can it be forecast reliably?
  • 12.30

    Lunch Break
  • 13.30

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

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

    Afternoon Tea - Coffee and tea break
  • 15.30

    Session 5 - Patents, Standards and technology development; Chair: Paul Jensen

    Baron, J.
    The Causal Effect of Essential Patents on Follow-on Innovation Related to Technology Standards.

    de Rassenfosse, G. & E. Raiteri
    Technology protectionism and the patent system: Strategic technologies in China.

    Geng, H., H. Hau & S. Lai
    Technological Progress and Ownership Structure.
  • 1700

    Close of conference
  • 17.30

    Drinks and Harbourside Cruise



Gaessler, F &; D. Harhoff
Patent Transfers in Europe – Data and Methodological Report

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







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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.