Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-241) and index.
pt. 1. Economics of patents -- Historical insights -- Patents as an incentive to innovate -- Patent as market instrument -- Patent design -- pt. 2. European patent system -- Patenting procedures and filing strategies at the EPO -- Hot 'patent' issues: quantitative evidence -- The European patent system at the crossroad.
Why does society allow private appropriation of inventions? When do patents encourage competition, when do they hamper it? This book addresses these questions and analyses the economics behind the European patent system. It examines the economic effects of patenting on innovation and the diffusion of technology and growth.
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