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Languages, Fees and the International Scope of Patenting

Dietmar Harhoff (), Karin Hoisl, Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie and Charlotte Vandeput

Discussion Papers in Economics from University of Munich, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper analyzes firms’ choices regarding the geographic scope of patent protection within the European patent system. We develop an econometric model at the patent level to quantify the impact of office fees and translation costs on firms’ decision to validate a patent in a particular country once it has been granted by the EPO. These costs have been disregarded in previous studies. The results suggest that both translation costs and fees for validation and renewals have a strong influence on the behavior of applicants.

Keywords: patents; patent fees; patent validation; renewal fees; translation costs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 O31 O38 O57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-05-03
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