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Lost property: The European patent system and why it doesn't work


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  • Bruno van Pottelsberghe


In his blueprint, Bruno van Pottelsberghe first looks at the performance of patent arrangements in Europe, especially their cost effectiveness and the consistency of rules and remedies across countries. He then looks at current attempts at global patent cooperation to see if they will help or hinder the emergence of innovation worldwide and in Europe. Using new and hard-hitting data, van Pottelsberghe paints a dark picture of today's patent landscape both in Europe and internationally. It is a tale of failed public cooperation at all levels and of a regime in danger of rampant patent inflation unless minds and resources are focused on tackling the root causes of the problem. This blueprint comes forward with a sequence of concrete, short-, medium- and long-term policy recommendations to this end.

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This book is provided by Bruegel in its series Blueprints with number 312 and published in .

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  1. Malwina Mejer & Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, 2009. "Economic incongruities in the European patent system," Working Papers, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) 2009/31, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  2. Cremers, Katrin & Ernicke, Max & Gaessler, Fabian & Harhoff, Dietmar & Helmers, Christian & McDonagh, Luke & Schliessler, Paula & Van Zeebroeck, Nicolas, 2013. "Patent litigation in Europe," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 13-072, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  3. Maurseth, Per Botolf & Svensson, Roger, 2012. "Micro Evidence on International Patenting," Working Paper Series, Research Institute of Industrial Economics 934, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  4. Danguy, Jérôme & van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno, 2010. "Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Community Patent," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 7631, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Bruno van Pottelsberghe, 2010. "The quality factor in patent systems," Working Papers, Bruegel 422, Bruegel.
  6. Gaétan de Rassenfosse, 2010. "How SMEs Exploit Their Intellectual Property Assets: Evidence from Survey Data," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2010n20, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  7. Jérôme Danguy & Gaétan de Rassenfosse & Bruno Van Pottelsberghe, 2010. "The R&D‐Patent relationship: An Industry Perspective," Working Papers ECARES, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles ECARES 2010-038, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.


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