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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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Patent Design

Patent Design

Chapter:
(p.114) 5 Patent Design
Source:
The Economics of the European Patent System
Author(s):

Dominique Guellec

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216987.003.0005

‘Patent design’ is the discipline which studies the substantive features of the patent system (subject matter, inventive step, scope, duration) from the point of view of their economic effects. From an economic perspective, a ‘good patent system’ is one which encourages inventions and does not hamper their diffusion. This dual test is applied when evaluating any particular feature of a patent system from the point of view of ‘economic quality’. The chapter offers a critical and comprehensive economic analysis of each of these aspects of patent design.

Keywords:   patent quality, inventive step, patent scope, patent duration, subject matter

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