JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

February 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Department of Commerce

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United States Patent and Trademark Office
Office of Chief Economist
Research Fellow

JOE ID Number: 2016-01_111455639
Date Posted: 06/15/2016
Date Inactive: 07/31/2016
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Research Fellow
Section: Other Nonacademic (Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Salaried, Consulting, Etc.)
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
K4 -- Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior
L1 -- Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
L2 -- Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
O3 -- Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
intellectual property
trade secrets
industrial organization
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seeks new proposals from scholars in
intellectual property, innovation, economics and related fields for the Thomas Alva Edison Visiting
Scholars Program as Research Fellows. This program enlists the services of academic researchers to study intellectual property issues that further the agency’s mission and the public interest.

Research Fellows typically devote six to 12 months of part-time service to the agency under employment
contracts as expert advisers. The position may run concurrently with ongoing academic
obligations in the home university or may be combined with academic leave. Research Fellows are
expected to spend some time in residence at the USPTO, but permanent residence isn't required.
Materials produced by Research Fellows are expected to be released and published, subject to the
USPTO’s clearance procedures. Research Fellows also invited to engage with the Office on internal
working groups.

Proposed research areas include all areas of research pertinent to USPTO operations and policy
responsibilities, including issues pertaining to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
Although the range of possible topics is broad and all proposals will receive full consideration, the
USPTO is particularly interested in research and data that are relevant to issues of patent quality.

Application Requirements:
  • Application Instructions Below
Application Instructions:
Interested scholars are encouraged to submit a CV and a two to three page research proposal that includes
the following information:
- a clear statement of the research question and context;
- a brief discussion of the methodologies expected to be used;
- a description of any data required (both existing datasets and those yet to be developed);
- a statement of the project’s expected contribution to USPTO policy and the public interest;
- an explanation of the distinct benefit that USPTO engagement would bring to the project.

Application materials should be submitted by email to For full consideration for the 2016-17 academic year, proposals should be received by July 11, 2016. **Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis. Please direct questions to

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