Oxford Review of Economic Policy volume 23, issue 4, P588-604 2007 DOI: 10.1093/oxrep/grm032 View full text
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G. de Rassenfosse, B. van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

Abstract: This paper analyzes the role of patent filing fees requested by the member states of the European Patent Convention (EPC). We provide a first empirical evidence showing that the fee elasticity of the demand for priority applications is negative and significant. Given the strong variation in absolute fees and in fees per capita across countries, this result witnesses a suboptimal treatment of inventors across European countries and suggests that fees should be considered as an integral part of an IP policy, es…

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