EPIP PhD Workshop 2019 on
The Legal and Economic Analysis of Patent Litigation

→ September 11, 2019, 9:00-13:00 


Brian Love (Santa Clara University Law School), Bernhard Ganglmair (ZEW and University of Mannheim, Economics), Christian Helmers (Santa Clara University, Economics)


The EPIP PhD Workshop 2019, for which we anticipate kind support by the USPTO, is organized by Prof. Christian Helmers. The workshop introduces students to the legal and economic analysis of patent litigation. The workshop offers an overview of the patent litigation process and the legal institutions that govern the process. It discusses the design of patent litigation systems in general and offers an overview of some of the most important patent litigation systems in the world including the U.S. and various European jurisdictions. It then introduces students to the economic modeling of the litigation process. The workshop also discusses access to data on patent litigation in different jurisdictions around the world and explains how to construct data for quantitative, empirical analysis. The final part of the course discusses the main empirical challenges in the analysis of patent litigation and reviews the relevant existing literature. The workshop also briefly discusses the relevance of patent litigation from a policy perspective and covers related topics such as non-practicing entities (NPEs) and standard essential patents (SEPs).

Workshop structure

• 9:00-10:00 • Patent litigation: institutions, processes, and procedures (Brian Love)

• 10:00-10:15 • Break

•  10:15-11:15 • Economic analysis of patent litigation (Bernhard Ganglmair)

• 11:15-11:30 • Break

•  11:30-12:15 • Patent litigation data:  access and data construction (Brian Love & Christian Helmers)

•  12:15-13:00 • Empirical analysis of patent litigation (Christian Helmers)

• 13:00-14:00 • Lunch

>>> Attending the EPIP PhD workshop is free of charge to PhD students. However, registration is required.