Policy Options for the Improvement of the European Patent System

03-09-2007

This report is based on an independent, policy-oriented investigation of the current European patent system. The central premise of the report is that the patent system has so far been a positive factor in promoting innovation and the diffusion of knowledge, and thus that the system is contributing in a constructive way to economic and social welfare objectives. In acknowledging the importance of the patent system in relation to many aspects of society, it is also essential to continually evaluate whether the system is working as effectively as it could be. In addition, because of some of the influences coming to bear upon the system at the moment, as well as the various ways in which it has been operating, the workings of the European patent system especially merits close public attention.

This report is based on an independent, policy-oriented investigation of the current European patent system. The central premise of the report is that the patent system has so far been a positive factor in promoting innovation and the diffusion of knowledge, and thus that the system is contributing in a constructive way to economic and social welfare objectives. In acknowledging the importance of the patent system in relation to many aspects of society, it is also essential to continually evaluate whether the system is working as effectively as it could be. In addition, because of some of the influences coming to bear upon the system at the moment, as well as the various ways in which it has been operating, the workings of the European patent system especially merits close public attention.

Autor externo

Robin COWAN (BETA, Université Louis Pasteur and UNU-MERIT, Universteit Maastricht, the Netherlands) ; Wim Van der EIJK (International Legal Affairs and Patent law, EPO, München, Germany) ; Francesco LISSONI (University of Brescia, Italy) ; Peter LOTZ (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) ; Geertrui Van OVERWALLE (University of Leuven, Belgium) and Jens SCHOVSBO (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)