Are Foreigners Treated Equally Under TRIPS?

23 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2019

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Gaétan de Rassenfosse

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Paul H. Jensen

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

T'Mir Julius

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Alfons Palangkaraya

Centre for Transformative Innovation, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology

Elizabeth Webster

Swinburne University of Technology; University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

The TRIPS Agreement, administered by the World Trade Organisation, ensures the smooth functioning of the international patent system. It promises among others that local and foreign firms are treated in the same, non-discriminatory manner. We test for whether national treatment has been upheld in the five largest patent offices and document the existence of a systematic bias against foreign firms in patent examination decisions. We find that filing international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty can reduce some of the bias.

Keywords: discrimination, global patent system, national treatment

JEL Classification: O34, F13, F23, K2, K4

Suggested Citation

de Rassenfosse, Gaétan and Jensen, Paul H. and Julius, T'Mir and Palangkaraya, Alfons and Webster, Elizabeth M., Are Foreigners Treated Equally Under TRIPS? (August 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3434547 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3434547

Gaétan De Rassenfosse (Contact Author)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( email )

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Paul H. Jensen

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

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T'Mir Julius

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

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Australia

Alfons Palangkaraya

Centre for Transformative Innovation, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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Elizabeth M. Webster

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

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Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

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