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USPTO Symposium: Advancing research on inventor demographics



Understanding the demographic makeup of inventors who apply for patents is a critical first step for characterizing who participates in the intellectual property ecosystem and for identifying policies that will expand participation. The USPTO is organizing a one-day symposium that will bring together economists, computer scientists, and others to discuss research methods, applied examples, and new ideas.

The symposium will:

  • Provide an overview of current approaches from leading scholars in the field,
  • Build knowledge,
  • Identify a community of practitioners, and
  • Facilitate the application of common approaches.

This program will be of interest to all researchers engaged in inventor demographics based on administrative and other records. There is no charge to attend, but registration in advance is required


The symposium is structured as one full-day session on August 26, 2022. Each session speaker is identified below, including a biography and relevant articles, sites, or publications from the speaker.

The symposium agenda is linked here for a layout of the event.

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Friday, August 26 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EST
Speaker Organization Relevant Links Presentation Slides
Julio Raffo WIPO



Ernest Miguelez University of Bordeaux  


Michelle Saksena




Fangzhou Xie Rutgers University

Predicting Ethnicity from Names with rethnicity: Methodology and Application


Francesco Lissoni Bordeaux University, Bocconi University    
Jay Budzick ZestAI    
Marc Elliot RAND

Haas A, Elliott MN, Dembosky JW, Adams JL, Wilson-Frederick S, Mallett JS, Gaillot S, Haffer SC, Haviland AM. (2018) “Imputation of Race/Ethnicity to Enable Measurement of HEDIS Performance by Race/Ethnicity” Health Services Research 54(1): 13-23. DOI:

Martino SC, Elliott MN, Hambarsoomian K, Garcia AN, Wilson-Frederick S, Gaillot S, Weech-Maldonado R, Haviland AM. (2020) “Disparities in Care Experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native Medicare Beneficiaries” Medical Care 58(11):981-987. DOI:

Branham DK, Finegold K, Chen L, Sorbero M, Euller R, Elliott MN, Sommers BD. (2022) “Trends in Missing Race-and-Ethnicity Information Following Imputation in Marketplace Enrollment Data, 2015-2021” JAMA Network Open 2022;5(6):e2216715. DOI:

Martino SC, Elliott MN, Dembosky JW, Hambarsoomian K, Klein DJ, Gildner J, Haviland AM (2022) Disparities in health care in Medicare Advantage by race, ethnicity, and sex. Baltimore, MD: CMS Office of Minority Health.


Trevon Logan

Adam Gailey

Jason Dietrich

Ohio State University