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Economic Incongruities in the European Patent System

Malwina Mejer and Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potter

No 2009_003, Working Papers ECARES from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: This paper argues that the consequences of the ‘fragmentation’ of the European patent system are more dramatic than the mere prohibitive costs of maintaining a patent in force in many jurisdictions. First, detailed analysis of judicial systems in several European countries and four case studies provide evidence suggesting that heterogeneous national litigation costs, practices and outcome induce a high level of uncertainty. Second, a high degree of managerial complexity results from systemic incongruities due to easier ‘parallel imports’, possible ‘time paradoxes’ and the de facto paradox of having EU-level competition policy and granting authority ultimately facing national jurisdictional primacy on patent issues. These high degrees of uncertainty and complexity contribute to reduce the effectiveness of the European patent system and provide additional arguments in favour of the Community patent and a centralized litigation in Europe.

Keywords: European patent system; patent cost; litigation process; enforcement; uncertainty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K41 O34 P14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 p.
Date: 2009
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-ino, nep-ipr, nep-pr~, nep-law and nep-reg
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