When small is beautiful: measuring the evolution and consequences of the voluminosity of patent applications at the EPO
Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie and
Nicolas van Zeebroeck ()
ULB Institutional Repository from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles
The joint increase in the number and size of patents filed around the world puts patent systems under pressure. This paper addresses issues in measuring the voluminosity of patent applications and highlights patterns in its evolution. The results, based on a database of 2 million EPO applications, show that the average size of applications has doubled over the past 20 years and that this is mainly associated with PCT applications having a US priority. Voluminosity indicators are influenced by geographical origins and technological areas and strongly impact the workload of the EPO, justifying the need for regulatory and policy actions. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Patent applications; Patent drafting; Patent statistics; Patent systems; Patent voluminosity; Workload (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (46) Track citations by RSS feed
Published in: Information Economics and Policy (2007) v.19 nÂ° 2,p.103-132
There are no downloads for this item, see the EconPapers FAQ for hints about obtaining it.
Journal Article: When small is beautiful: Measuring the evolution and consequences of the voluminosity of patent applications at the EPO (2007)
Working Paper: When Small is Beautiful: Measuring the Evolution and Consequences of the Voluminosity of Patent Applications at the EPO (2006)
Working Paper: When small is beautiful: measuring the evolution and consequences of the voluminosity of patent applications at the EPO (2006)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/6191
Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://hdl.handle.ne ... .ulb.ac.be:2013/6191
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in ULB Institutional Repository from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Benoit Pauwels ().