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The Economics of the European Patent SystemIP Policy for Innovation and Competition$
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Dominique Guellec and Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216987.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Economics of the European Patent System

Dominique Guellec

Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter shows how patents have become central to the knowledge economy, in connection with the key role of innovation and globalization. It argues that the economic approach to the analysis of patent systems may be useful to better understand its functioning. It offers a beginner's guide to patenting procedures and summarizes the basic economics of patents. The structure of the rest of the book is also described.

Keywords:   knowledge economy, patenting procedures, patent economics, intellectual property, IP rights

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