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Identifiers and Intellectual Property Workshop

On 22 June, ORCID, Crossref, and the OECD are co-hosting a workshop to review current challenges presented by ambiguous names in patent databases, post-hoc disambiguation efforts, and explore how unique identifiers are starting to be used to improve the utility of the patent file for both patent prosecution and policy research.

To this end, we will bring together economists, statisticians, policy experts, industry IP officers, IP attorneys, identifier providers, and IP system providers to discuss benefits, opportunities, and incentives for adoption and integration of identifiers by patent authorities and IP workflow and search platforms. 


OECD Headquarters  

Meeting Room CC24

2 Rue André Pascal 

Paris, France (map)

Directions: How to Get to the OECD (PDF)


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10:00 Overview of workshop objectives and delegate introductions

10:30 Challenges with “names” in the patent file 

11:00 Impact of name ambiguity on policy research and patent prosecution>

11:30 What are identifiers and how are they being used by the research community?

12:30 Lunch 

14:00 Discussion. How could/are identifiers used in the patenting process? 

  • Moderated by Mariagrazia Squicciarini  (OECD) and featuring short presentations from Laurence Joly, Chief Economist (INPI France), Yann Meniere (EPO), Rich Corken (UK IPO), and Andy Toole (USPTO)

15:30 Break

15:45 Discussion

16:45 Summarize next steps

17:15 Adjourn