A Survey of the Economics of Patent Systems and Procedures

20 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2014

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Andrew Eckert

University of Alberta - Department of Economics

Corinne Langinier

University of Alberta - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 2014

Abstract

The last several decades have seen increases in patenting activity worldwide, as well as growing issues related to patent quality. In response to these quality issues a recent patent literature has emerged, that investigates the behavior and incentives of patent examiners, applicants, and third parties. In this paper, we provide an overview of patent procedures, patent systems and a survey of the new economic literature on patent systems. Both theoretical and empirical papers are considered. Policy implications coming from this literature are presented.

Keywords: Patents, Patent examination, Patent systems, Innovation, Incentives

Suggested Citation

Eckert, Andrew and Langinier, Corinne, A Survey of the Economics of Patent Systems and Procedures (December 2014). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 28, Issue 5, pp. 996-1015, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12034

Andrew Eckert (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Economics ( email )

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Corinne Langinier

University of Alberta - Department of Economics ( email )

8-14 Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

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