Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174520
Authors: 
Bekkers, Rudi
Martinelli, Arianna
Tamagni, Federico
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
LEM Working Paper Series 2016/11
Abstract: 
The aim of this paper is to investigate the causal effect of a recent attempt undertaken by the EPO to improve the quality of the patent granting process. To do so we examine a policy change that aimed at including the information revealed during the standardisation-setting process into the official definition of prior art. All the empirical analysis consistently support that the policy was successful. Indeed, we find a negative and strongly significant reduction in the granting rate, suggesting that the process of patent granting has become more careful and selective after the policy implementation.
Subjects: 
Quality of patent granting
technological standards
policy evaluation
JEL: 
O30
O31
C21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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