VoxEU: The quality challenge in the European patent system
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 10 Dec 2007 14:03
Number of posts: 1
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A direct response to such an evolution is indeed to strengthen the selection process, in order to ensure that patents are granted only for high quality inventions and that bad or low quality applications enter the patent system as little as possible. In Guellec and van Pottelsberghe (2007) the following steps, amongst others, are suggested: [...] Open the examination process to external contributions, notably in areas where much of the prior art is widespread in the public instead of patent data bases. There is an ongoing experience in the US in the area of software that should be carefully observed; Increase the inventive step, notably in emerging technological fields (information technology, biotechnology).
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