Dr. Alan Marco recently joined Ocean Tomo as Chief Economist, having previously served as the Chief Economist for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Alan is an economist who specializes in Intellectual Property (IP) and innovation and has advised many domestic and international organizations, including national IP offices.
“For two decades, Ocean Tomo has been at the forefront of innovation in the intellectual property marketplace,” says Alan. “As an economist, it’s exciting to be a part of a team of experts continually bringing new ideas to a dynamic industry.”
In his role as Chief Economist, Alan works on client matters involving complex economic and competition issues and advises firm leadership on trends likely affecting our clients. In particular, he will contribute to the success of firm clients and the firm by:
- Partnering with senior leadership and the board of advisors to guide future Ocean Tomo product/service development
- Working with other firm financial and IP market experts to provide subject-matter expert opinion to the courts in disputes at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property rights
- Collaborating with other firm economists to provide clients an outsourced peer consultant to Corporate Offices of the Chief Economist and consultancy to law firm civil litigators on econometric matters
Alan is a professor of public policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology where his research and teaching focus on the intellectual property marketplace, uncertainty in intellectual property rights, patent valuation, and high-tech mergers and litigation. He has published numerous articles, reports, book chapters, and papers, as well as a TEDx talk entitled Why the patent system should look more like Indiana and less like Kentucky.
Alan has testified before the Federal Trade Commission and has advised many organizations about intellectual property matters, including the National Academies of Science, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Smithsonian Institution, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the IP5 Statistical Working Group, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as several national IP offices.
We’ll be sharing more about Alan and what he brings to Ocean Tomo clients and colleagues in upcoming Insights posts.