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Patent fees for a sustainable EU patent system

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  • Danguy, Jérôme
  • van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno

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This paper puts forward a sustainable fee structure for the EU Patent (COMPAT). The proposal includes pre-grant and post-grant fees and illustrates the differences between Euro-direct applications and PCT applications. The break-even analysis shows that the COMPAT would make the European patent system more attractive with significantly lower relative costs. At the same time, the new schedule provides a financially sustainable model for the system by preserving relatively high absolute fees and allowing for a fee reduction for small innovative firms and public research organizations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Patent Information.

Volume (Year): 33 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 240-247

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Handle: RePEc:eee:worpat:v:33:y:2011:i:3:p:240-247

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