Catalina Martínez García

Email: catalina.martinez [at]
Phone: (+34) 916022543
Office: 3D7
Científica Titular de OPIS
Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos
Departamento de Ciencia e Innovación
Group: Sistemas y Políticas de Investigación e Innovación (SPRI)

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Since 2006, Catalina Martínez is Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP)  where her research is related to the analysis of science and technology policies, from the viewpoint of economics of science and innovation, in particular the economics of patents.

With a BA in Economics from the Universidad de Murcia (awarded with distinction), she holds a PhD in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona since 1997 with a thesis on “Market Transparency and Consumer Choice”. Between 1992 and 1997, as student of the International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA) Programme, she combined research and teaching at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. As visiting PhD student, she spent the academic year 1995/96 at the Groupe de Recherche en Economie Mathématique et Quantitative (GREMAQ) of the University of Toulouse. Between 1997 and 2000 she worked as economist at the London and Brussels offices of Lexecon Ltd, an economic consulting firm specialised in competition policy. In 1999 she obtained a postgraduate diploma in EC Competition Law at the Centre of European Law of King's College London. In 2000 she started to work at the OECD with the Young Professionals Programme, and continued working as an economist in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry until 2006. During those years she worked on numerous projects related to science and technology policies in OECD countries, intellectual property rights and public-private partnerships for research and innovation.

She has taken part in several expert groups about intellectual property rights, including the working group of the French Government´s Commissariat Général du Plan on Prospective de la Propriété Intellectuelle pour l'Etat Stratège (PIETA) (2004-2006); the European Commission expert group on Knowledge Transfer Metrics (2008); and the OECD expert groups on the economic use of patents (2008), name harmonisation in patent databases (2009) and patent families (2009). She has also been part of the international expert group that revised the OECD Patent Statistics Manual(2009), and has assisted the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office in its translation of the manual into Spanish: Manual de Estadísticas de Patentes de la OCDE(2009).

Member of the Steering Committee of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Research Networking Programme (RNP) “Academic patenting in Europe: database sharing, applications and extensions” (APE-INV 2009-2013:, principal investigator of the research projects “Academic inventors and science-industry linkages in Spain” (CSO2009-10845) and “Technology transfer: international evidence and lessons for research and innovation policy” (CSO2012-32844). Principal co-investigator of the research project "R&D Organizations' responses to crisis: research institutions, universities and firms" (CSO2016-79045-C2-1-R). Coordinator of the CSIC node in the research collaboration project coordinated by CEMFI "Finance, Innovation and Strategy: Economic Analysis of Firm Productivity and its Determinants" (PRODECON-CM, H2015/HUM-3491) and coordinator at IPP of the international research program 2019-2023 with GREThA (CNRS, Université de Bordeaux) "Associated Laboratory on Linkages between Innovation and Environmental Sustainability (ALLIES)" (LIAFR20191).

Since 2015, she belongs to the Consejo Científico y Tecnológico de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) and the Board of EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property). Since 2017, she is member of the Executive Committee of EU-SPRI (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation) and since 2018 she is member of the comité d'orientation scientifique of the Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques (OST-Hcéres). She has assisted the OCDE in the review of the intellectual property system of Malaysia (2015) and the Chilean Patent and Trademark Office (INAPI) in the elaboration of the national strategy for industrial property of Chile (2016).

Chair of the organising committee of the EPIP2020 conference "Intellectual Property and the Future of Innovation" that will take place in Madrid, hosted by CSIC-IPP, on 9-11 September 2019. More information at

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Recent publications:

Martinez, C. and V. Sterzi, 2020, The impact of the abolishment of the professor’s privilege on European university-owned patents, Industry and Innovation, online first 9 January 2020, doi: 10.1080/13662716.2019.1709421

Graham, S. and C. Martinez, 2019, The Economics of Software Innovation and ‘Software Patents’, chapter in M.Dhenne and Ch. Geiger (eds), Les inventions mises en oeuvre par ordinateur: enjeux, pratiques et perspectives, Collection du CEIPI No.67, LexisNexis.

Martínez, C. and V. Sterzi, 2019, University patenting and the quest for technology transfer policy models in Europe, chapter in Varga A. and Erdos K. (Eds.), Handbook of Universities and Regional Development, Edward Elgar.

Martínez, C. and L. Bares. 2018.The link between technology transfer and international extension of university patents: evidence from Spain. Science and Public Policy, 45, 6: 827-842.

Ciaramella, L., Martínez, C. and Y. Ménière. 2017. Tracking patent transfers in different European countries: methods and a first application to medical technologies. Scientometrics, 112:817–850, doi: 10.1007/s11192-017-2411-1

Martínez, C. and P. Zuniga. 2017. Contracting for technology transfer: patent licensing and know-how in Brazil. Industry and Innovation, 24:6, 659-689, doi: 10.1080/13662716.2016.1263889

Dalle, J-M, den Besten M., Martínez C. and S. Maraut. 2017. Microwork platforms as enablers to new ecosystems and business models: the challenge of managing difficult tasks, Special Issue on: Leveraging Technological Change the Role of Business Models and Ecosystems, International Journal of Technology Management, 75, doi: 10.1504/IJTM.2017.10006152