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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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Hot ‘Patent’ Issues: Quantitative Evidence

Hot ‘Patent’ Issues: Quantitative Evidence

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The Economics of the European Patent System

Bruno van Pottelsberghe

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores several challenges facing the patent system: university patenting, the cost of patents, and the growing number and voluminosity of patent filings. The pros and cons of academic patenting are investigated through its potential impact on the quality and quantity of scientific research. A methodology for the evaluation of patent costs is then presented. The international comparison shows that European patents are more expensive mainly due to the translation costs (including intermediation with patent attorneys) and the validation fees in each national patent office following approval by the EPO. The chapter ends with a brief illustration and explanation of the recent boom in the patent workload, characterized by an increase in both the number of patent filings and their size (number of pages or number of claims).

Keywords:   university patenting, patent costs, patent explosion, patent voluminosity, London Protocol, European Patent Litigation Agreement

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