Let me draw your attention to the Patent Statistics for Decision Makers Conference (USPTO) November 16th -17th, 2011. Find a first outlook of a contribution attached.
Patent data is increasingly used in sophisticated analyses, helping experts to investigate innovation, the advancement of science, and technology-related activities. Patent information is also employed by industry to do competitive analysis and to help plan R&D and technology strategies and in government to gather important information about the patent system and its performance. Advances in computing power and the availability of patent databases have expanded the possibilities for conducting statistical analysis and research, while the demand for patent statistics is rising as economic performance is increasingly tied to technological innovation.
Further Information and a detailed program can be found under: LINK