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Patent filing and searching: Is deflation in quality the inevitable consequence of hyperinflation in quantity?

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  • Philipp, Minoo
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    Roughly one million patent applications are filed each year world-wide. Many describe a small improvement upon the state of the art. The increasing volume of information makes determining the true state of the art almost impossible. Thus many "doubtful" applications are being filed and granted, increasing workload and reducing efficiency. It is a vicious cycle of inflation in numbers leading to deflation in quality.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Patent Information.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 117-121

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:worpat:v:28:y:2006:i:2:p:117-121

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    Keywords: State of the art Quantity increase Quality decrease Patent input PCT filings Examiner training;

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    Cited by:
    1. Nicolas van Zeebroeck, 2007. "Patents only live twice: a patent survival analysis in Europe," Working Papers CEB 07-028.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. Nicolas van Zeebroeck, 2009. "Filing strategies and the increasing duration of patent applications," Working Papers CEB 09-005.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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