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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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  • Danguy, Jérôme & van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno, 2011. "Patent fees for a sustainable EU patent system," World Patent Information, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 240-247, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worpat:v:33:y:2011:i:3:p:240-247
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    1. Jérôme Danguy & Bruno van Pottelsberghe, 2014. "The policy dilemma of the unitary patent," Working Papers 858, Bruegel.

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