Measuring Patent Assessment Quality - Analyzing the Degree and Kind of (In)Consistency in Patent Offices' Decision Making
Paul F. Burke
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - School of Marketing
Markus G. Reitzig
University of Vienna
We argue that consistent decision making in judging a patent's validity and basing this on its underlying technological quality are important elements of patent office service ("assessment") quality. To understand which level of assessment quality patent offices (can) provide, particularly in new technological areas, we study the concordance of the European Patent Office's granting and opposition decisions for individual patents. Using the biotechnology industry in the 1980s (an emerging patenting area then) as an example, we find that the EPO hardly maximized or optimized assessment quality as far as can be told from bibliographic indicators. We discuss research limitations and consequences.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: Patents, quality, novelty, inventive step, discrete choice, variance decomposition
JEL Classification: C25, C51, K41, L00, L20
Date posted: February 7, 2006
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