– EPIP PHD WORKSHOP 2022 – Designing Empirical IP Research

Wednesday 14 September 2022, Institute for Manufacturing, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS
(Please note: In person attendance only)


The EPIP 2022 PhD Workshop is generously sponsored by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.


 8:30 – 8:50  Registration

8:50 – 9:00 — Introductions and overview of the day, including a welcome from Andrew A. Toole, Chief Economist at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (TBC).

9:00 – 10:30  Session 1: Masterclass part 1: comparative approaches to empirical design in law, economics and management science

10:30 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 12:30 — Session 2: Masterclass part 2: Group empirical designs and presentations

12:30 – 12:45 — Break

12:45 – 13:30 — Session 3: Career discussions with senior scholars

13:30 – 14:30 — Lunch and goodbyes

The Workshop will be divided into three main Sessions.

Session 1 will feature three talks on designing empirical methods, one each on law, economics, and management science. Each talk will run for 20 minutes and conclude with 10 minutes for questions. Dr John Liddicoat will speak on design in law, Dr Gaétan de Rassenfosse will speak on design in economics and Dr Susanne Beck on design in management science.


Session 2 will involve group work. The participants will be divided into groups based on their disciplines, and all the groups will be asked to design an empirical study in response to a phenomenon in IP. At the end of this session, each group will present their method and methodology to analyse the phenomenon, and other participants will have an opportunity to quiz them about their design choices.


Session 3 will change tack and move away from designing empirical research: this session will focus on career development. A series of senior scholars will briefly outline their careers, and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about developing research careers in IP. The session will finish by dividing participants into groups based on their disciplines, enabling more nuanced discussions.


John Liddicoat, University of Cambridge (jel68@cam.ac.uk).