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Main Affiliations

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management


Bachelor in Economics, ULB (SOCO), 1990

Master in Economics, ULB (SOCO), 1992

Master in Econometrics, ULB (CEME/ECARES), 1994

Master in International Relations, ULB (CERIS), 1995

Ph.D. in Economics, ULB, 1998


Bruno van Pottelsberghe is Full-Time Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) and Senior Research Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based Think-Tank. As holder of the Solvay S.A. Chair of Innovation he teaches courses on the economics and management of innovation and intellectual property. For his research activities, he is also affiliated to ECARES and CEB (ULB). His research interests focus on the effectiveness of science and technology policies, patent policies, regulations and innovation. He has so far supervised about 12 Ph.D. research fellows. Bruno van Pottelsberghe was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office (EPO) from 2005 to 2007, is Advisor to the President and Rector of the ULB for technology transfer issues since 2004, and is Dean of the SBS-EM since 2011.

Selected Works


  • Gimeno Fabra, L., & Van Pottelsberghe, B. (2017, September). Decoding Patent Examination Services. (ECARES Working Papers No ECARES 2017-31).

  • de Rassenfosse, G., & Van Pottelsberghe, B. (2012, February). On the price elasticity of demand for patents. Oxford bulletin of economics and statistics, 74(1), 58-77. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00638.x

  • van Zeebroeck, N., & Van Pottelsberghe, B. (2011). Filing strategies and patent value. Economics of innovation and new technology, 20(6), 539-562. doi:10.1080/10438591003668646

  • Van Looy, B., Callaert, J., Debackere, K., Landoni, P., Van Pottelsberghe, B., & Sapsalis, E. (2011, May). Entrepreneurial effectiveness of European universities: An empirical assessment of antecedents and trade-offs. Research policy, 40(4), 553-564. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2011.02.001

  • Van Pottelsberghe, B., & François, D. (2009). The cost factor in patent systems. Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 9(4), 329-355. doi:10.1007/s10842-008-0033-2

  • Romain, A., & Van Pottelsberghe, B. (2004). The economic impact of venture capital. (Working papers CEB No 04-014.RS). Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB).

  • Van Pottelsberghe, B., & Guellec, D. (2004). From R&D to productivity growth: do the institutional settings and the sources of funds of R&D matter? Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 66(3), 353-378. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0084.2004.00083.x

Updated on May 2, 2019