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EU Patent System: to be or not to be?

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  • Alvaro Escribano
  • Marco S. Giarratana

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This paper introduce a list of desirable efficiency properties that any a patent system should have in order to enhance innovation, trade competitiveness, employment mobility and economic growth. We briefly overview the literature on patents and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the present and recent proposals for the future of the European Union Patents System. In particular, we discuss the costinefficiencies observed in the current design of the EU Patent System based in a double structure layer divided in a central European Patent Office (EPO) and several nationalbased patent offices. This paper analyzes the likely backlashes of creating a third layer for a subâ€sample of EU countries. The paper suggests an alternative more efficient Patent System together with some policy implications.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we1101.

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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we1101

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Keywords: Innovation; Patents; Knowledge spillovers; Common European patent; Welfare losses; Patents’ languages; Cultural proximity; Competitive trade;

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