CFP: Empirical Methods in IP

The “empirical turn” continues.  From the mailbox …

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the first Workshop on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property jointly sponsored by Chicago-Kent’s Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The workshop will take place in Chicago, IL on October 11-12.

The workshop 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 workshop 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 workshop are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.

The workshop 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 October 1. 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 by the workshop’s host institutions.

To apply to present at the workshop, please email Christi Guerrini ( with the following information:

Institutional Affiliation
Title of Project
Description of Project ( Acknowledgement that the project will not have reached data collection by the time of the workshop.

Applications are due by August 24. Decisions will be made by September 2.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago

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