Languages, Fees and the International Scope of Patenting
In: V. Ginsburgh, S. Weber (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 403-422
29 Pages Posted: 9 May 2015 Last revised: 2 May 2017
Date Written: May 3, 2015
This paper analyzes firms’ choices regarding the geographic scope of patent protection within the European patent system. We develop an econometric model at the patent level to quantify the impact of office fees and translation costs on firms’ decision to validate a patent in a particular country once it has been granted by the EPO. These costs have been disregarded in previous studies. The results suggest that both translation costs and fees for validation and renewals have a strong influence on the behavior of applicants.
Keywords: patents, patent fees, patent validation, renewal fees, translation costs
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