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

Paperback | March 1, 2007

byDominique Guellec, Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

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Why does society allow, or even encourage, private appropriation of inventions? When do patents encourage competition, when do they hamper it? How should society design the compromise between the interest of the inventor and the interest of the users of patented inventions? How should thepatent system adapt to new technological areas? These questions and many more are addressed by the authors in this groundbreaking analysis of the economics behind the European patent system. Beginning with the history and principles of the patent system, the book then examines the economic effectsof patenting on innovation and the diffusion of technology and growth. Throughout the book the theory and the reality are discussed alongside real world examples and comparison between the European, USA, and Japanese patent systems.

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Why does society allow, or even encourage, private appropriation of inventions? When do patents encourage competition, when do they hamper it? How should society design the compromise between the interest of the inventor and the interest of the users of patented inventions? How should thepatent system adapt to new technological areas? ...

Dominique Guellec is Principal Economist at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in Paris. He conducts policy oriented analysis on the economic aspects of intellectual property rights (IPR), notably patents, and develops statistics in the field. Until December 2005, he was Chief Economist of the European P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. IntroductionPart 1 : The economics of patents2. Historical insights3. Patents as an incentive to innovate4. Patents as a market instrument5. Patent designPart 2: The European patent system6. Patenting procedures and filing strategies at the EPO7. Hot 'patent' issues: quantitative evidence8. The European patent system at the crossroad