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Patent fees for a sustainable EU patent system

Jérôme Danguy () and Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

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Abstract: 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.

Keywords: European patent system; Fees; EU patent (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O34 P14 K41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-09
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Published in: World patent information (2011) v.33 n° 3,p.240-247

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