Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126710
Authors: 
Danguy, Jérôme
van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Bruegel Working Paper 2014/13
Abstract: 
This paper provides new evidence about the budgetary consequences - for patent offices - of the coexistence of the forthcoming Unitary Patent (UP) with the current European Patent (EP). Simulation results illustrate a dilemma between high UP renewal fees to ensure enough financial income for all national patent offices (NPOs) and low UP renewal fees to make the UP system affordable, with very few NPOs losing on financial revenues. The simulations help to understand the positions of several patent offices, and underline an alternative way to proceed with the negotiations while reducing financial risks for the whole system.
Subjects: 
patent systems
unitary patent
patenting cost
renewal fees
maintenance rate
JEL: 
O34
O38
P14
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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