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The Economics of the European Patent System: IP Policy for Innovation and Competition

Dominique Guellec and Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie


The patent system has been faced for more than ten years with an avalanche of patent filings, which puts into question its ability to fulfil its social mission of encouraging innovation and the diffusion of technology. This situation is due to the emergence of new technologies, the adoption of new and more aggressive IP strategies by the business sector, and progressive global harmonization of patent systems. This book aims at providing an analysis of patent systems in general, and the European patent system in particular. Through an emphasis on the historic, strategic, and legal context of pa ... More

Keywords: patents, intellectual property, innovation policy, competition policy, EPO, patent quality, patent design, patent strategy

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominique Guellec, author
Principal economist, OECD

Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, author
Chief Economist, European Patent Office and Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles

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Part 1 The Economics of Patents

2 Historical Insights

Dominique Guellec

4 Patent as a Market Instrument

Dominique Guellec, Bruno van Pottelsberghe, and Nicolas van Zeebroeck

5 Patent Design

Dominique Guellec

Part 2 The European Patent System

6 Patenting Procedures and Filing Strategies at the EPO

Niels Stevnsborg and Bruno van Pottelsberghe

8 The European Patent System at the Crossroad

Dominique Guellec and Bruno van Pottelsberghe

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