Gaétan de Rassenfosse
BiographyGaétan de Rassenfosse is Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Science & Technology Policy at EPFL. He joined the College of Management of Technology (CDM) in 2014. Before that, he was a research fellow then a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, from 2010 to 2014. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the Solvay Business School at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, in 2010. He was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley (California, USA) in 2018 and MIT (Massachusetts, USA) in the summer of 2019.
The overarching objective of his research is to provide the policy environment that best addresses the needs of the knowledge economy. This objective is met by producing sound empirical evidence on research questions related, e.g., to intellectual property issues, the measurement of intangible capital, and the 'science of science,' to name but a few topics of interest. His work appeared in international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Law & Economics, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Research Policy, and European Economic Review. He is an experienced speaker with close to 200 conferences and seminars. He received more than CHF 2.5 million in research funding from institutions including, but not limited to, the U.S. NSF, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Swiss Network for International Studies, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the European Patent Office.
The two-way knowledge transfer that results from engagement activities is a powerful way of shaping public policies. Prof. de Rassenfosse is thus keen to talk to the media and engage with international organizations, foundations, government agencies, and private companies. He was in charge of a report on the 'Patent Box' regime as part of Australia's Prime Minister election promise to explore this policy tool. He has also done contract research for agencies and organizations such as the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) of the Swiss Confederation, the Australian Department of Industry, the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, the Australian patent office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
International patent protection and trade: Transaction-level evidence?European Economic Review. 2022-08-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2022.104160.
Technology Protectionism and the Patent System: Evidence from ChinaJournal Of Industrial Economics. 2022-03-03. DOI : 10.1111/joie.12261.
Low-Quality Patents in the Eye of the Beholder: Evidence from Multiple ExaminersJournal Of Law Economics & Organization. 2021-11-01. DOI : 10.1093/jleo/ewaa026.
Buyers' role in innovation procurement: Evidence from US military R&D contractsJournal Of Economics & Management Strategy. 2021-06-20. DOI : 10.1111/jems.12430.
Patent Quality: Towards a Systematic Framework for Analysis and MeasurementResearch Policy. 2021-05-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2021.104215.
Decentralising the patent systemGovernment Information Quarterly. 2021-04-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.giq.2020.101559.
Imputation of missing information in worldwide patent dataData In Brief. 2021-02-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.dib.2020.106615.
COVID-19 : Insights from innovation economistsScience and Public Policy. 2020. DOI : 10.1093/scipol/scaa028.
Wanted: A standard for virtual patent markingJournal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. 2020. DOI : 10.1093/jiplp/jpaa063.
Discrimination against foreigners in the U.S. patent systemJournal of International Business Policy. 2020. DOI : 10.1057/s42214-020-00058-6.
R&D offshoring and home industry productivityIndustrial And Corporate Change. 2019-12-01. DOI : 10.1093/icc/dtz020.
Are Foreigners Treated Equally under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement?Journal Of Law & Economics. 2019-11-01. DOI : 10.1086/705801.
On the price elasticity of demand for trademarksIndustry And Innovation. 2019-03-20. DOI : 10.1080/13662716.2019.1591939.
Econometric evidence on the depreciation of innovationsEUROPEAN ECONOMIC REVIEW. 2018. DOI : 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2017.11.005.
Are patent fees effective at weeding out low-quality patents?Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. 2018. DOI : 10.1111/jems.12219.
3. Patent Citation Data in Social Science Research: Overview and Best PracticesJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/asi.23731.
An assessment of how well we account for intangiblesIndustrial And Corporate Change. 2017. DOI : 10.1093/icc/dtw034.
Commercialization Strategy and IPO UnderpricingResearch Policy. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2017.04.006.
Getting Started with PATSTAT RegisterAustralian Economic Review. 2017. DOI : 10.1111/1467-8462.12214.
Why do patents facilitate trade in technology? Testing the disclosure and appropriation effectsResearch Policy. 2016. DOI : 10.1016/jsespol.2016.03.017.
Venture Debt Financing: Determinants of the Lending DecisionStrategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 2016. DOI : 10.1002/sej.1220.
Pitfalls in aggregating performance measures in higher educationStudies in Higher Education. 2016. DOI : 10.1080/03075079.2014.914912.
Rules of engagement: measuring connectivity in national systems of higher educationHigher Education. 2015. DOI : 10.1007/s10734-015-9881-y.
On the origins of the worldwide surge in patenting: An industry perspective on the R&D-patent relationshipIndustrial and Corporate Change. 2014. DOI : 10.1093/icc/dtu042.
An Introduction to the patstat database with example queriesAustralian Economic Review. 2014. DOI : 10.1111/1467-8462.12073.
Selection bias in innovation studies: A simple testTechnological Forecasting and Social Change. 2014. DOI : 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.02.012.
Pitfalls in aggregating performance measures in higher education2014
The worldwide count of priority patents: A new indicator of inventive activityResearch Policy. 2013. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2012.11.002.
Do firms face a trade-off between the quantity and the quality of their inventions?Research Policy. 2013. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2013.02.005.
The role of fees in patent systems: Theory and evidenceJournal of Economic Surveys. 2013. DOI : 10.1111/j.1467-6419.2011.00712.x.
The determinants of quality national higher education systemsJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 2013. DOI : 10.1080/1360080X.2013.854288.
On the price elasticity of demand for patentsOxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. 2012. DOI : 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00638.x.
How SMEs exploit their intellectual property assets: Evidence from survey dataSmall Business Economics. 2012. DOI : 10.1007/s11187-010-9313-4.
A policy insight into the R&D-patent relationshipResearch Policy. 2009. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2008.12.013.
Policymakers and the R&D-patent relationshipIntereconomics. 2008. DOI : 10.1007/s10272-008-0271-x.
Per un pugno di dollari: A first look at the price elasticity of patentsOxford Review of Economic Policy. 2007. DOI : 10.1093/oxrep/grm032.
Teaching & PhD
Management of Technology
Doctoral Program in Technology Management
PhD StudentsAbi Younes George, Aboutorabi Fard Seyedeh Atin,
Past EPFL PhD StudentsBallester Gonzalez Omar , Zhou Ling , van den Heuvel Matthias David ,
Program: Humanities and Social Sciences Program
- The economic rationales for IP protection
- Overview of the types of IP rights
- Use of IP to finance innovation
- Licensing and litigation case studies
- Understanding patent documents
Program: Section of Life Sciences Engineering
Program: Section of Digital Humanities