Reference : Patent Office Governance and Patent System Quality
Scientific journals : Article
Business & economic sciences : International economics
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/25707
Patent Office Governance and Patent System Quality
English
Picard, Pierre M mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
Van Pottelsberghe, Bruno [Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB]
Aug-2013
Journal of Public Economics
Elsevier Science
104
14-25
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
0047-2727
Lausanne
Switzerland
[en] patent system ; quality ; intellectual property ; public firm organization
[en] The present paper discusses the role of quality in patent examination process from the perspective of patent offices' behavior and organization. After documenting original stylized facts, the paper presents a model in which patent offices set patent fees and the quality level of their examination process. A higher effort in the examination process enhances the patent holders' protection in the judicial system and strengthens the screening of innovations with small inventive steps. We compare the quality of the examination process for various objectives of patent offices. Patent examination quality is the highest in an office maximizing incentives
to innovate and the lowest in that maximizing the number of granted patents. A rent-seeking patent office can provide good incentives to innovate if it does not set too high markups on fees.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/25707
10.1016/j.jpubeco.2013.04.009
http://ideas.repec.org/p/luc/wpaper/11-06.html

File(s) associated to this reference

Fulltext file(s):

FileCommentaryVersionSizeAccess
Limited access
Patent office governance and patent examination quality.pdfPublisher postprint526.45 kBRequest a copy

Bookmark and Share SFX Query

All documents in ORBilu are protected by a user license.