European Journal of Law and Economics

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 215–234 | Cite as

Economic incongruities in the European patent system

  • Malwina Mejer
  • Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie
Article

Abstract

This article suggests 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. The prevalence of national jurisdictions, which are highly heterogeneous in their costs and practices, over the validity and enforcement of European patents, induces a high level of uncertainty and an intense managerial complexity which reduce both the effectiveness and the attractiveness of the European patent system in its mission to stimulate innovation.

Keywords

European patent system Litigation process Enforcement Uncertainty 

JEL Classification

K41 P14 O34 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to Marco Connor, Francesco Lissoni and anonymous referees for their useful comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malwina Mejer
    • 1
  • Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Université libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.BruegelBrusselsBelgium

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