Alan Marco

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
Office Location: DM Smith 320


Dr. Alan Marco joins the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech as a tenured Associate Professor.  He is an economist, who specializes in the following fields:  innovation and patent policy; science and technology policy; industrial organization; game theory; law and economics; intellectual property strategy and management; big data analytics; and other areas related to regulation and empirical legal studies.  He comes to us from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he held the position of Chief Economist.  Prior to the USPTO, he held faculty positions as associate professor in the Williams School of Commerce at Washington and Lee University and associate professor of economics at Vassar College.

At the USPTO, Dr. Marco’s research focused on policy-relevant topics in intellectual property. He is the co-creator of the USPTO’s, a free and open platform for exploring and accessing high-quality patent data.  He also was the co-lead on the Cancer Moonshot Patent Challenge as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, and he participated in the G-20 Innovation Task Force.  Dr. Marco has published academic articles on the intellectual property marketplace, uncertainty in intellectual property rights, patent valuation, and high-tech mergers.

Dr. Marco earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Berkeley and his B.A. in mathematics and economics from Skidmore College.


Research Fields:
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy


  • ECON-4180: Game Theory I
  • PUBP-3130: Research Methods
  • PUBP-4843: Special Topics
  • PUBP-6116: Microecon-Policy Analy
  • PUBP-8211: Microeconomic Theory
  • PUBP-8530: Adv Science& Tech Policy