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Prospects for Improving U.S. Patent Quality Via Post-Grant Opposition


Bronwyn H. Hall


University of California at Berkeley; University of Maastricht - Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Stuart J. H. Graham


Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business; United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dietmar Harhoff


Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

David C. Mowery


University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

May 2003

NBER Working Paper No. w9731

Abstract:     
The recent surge in U.S. patenting and expansion of patentable subject matter has increased patent office backlogs and raised concerns that in some cases patents of insufficient quality or with inadequate search of prior art are being issued. At the same time patent litigation and its costs are rising. This paper explores the potential of a post-grant review process modeled on the European opposition system to improve patent quality, reveal overlooked prior art, and reduce subsequent litigation. We argue that the welfare gains to such a system may be substantial.

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Date posted: May 25, 2003  

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Hall, Bronwyn H. and Graham, Stuart J. H. and Harhoff, Dietmar and Mowery, David C., Prospects for Improving U.S. Patent Quality Via Post-Grant Opposition (May 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9731. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=410657

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Bronwyn H. Hall (Contact Author)
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Stuart J.H. Graham
Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )
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Dietmar Harhoff
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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David C. Mowery
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )
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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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