The Role of Legal Presumptions in Patent Litigation

17 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2019

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Alice Guerra

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Tapas Kundu

Oslo Business School, Oslo Metropolitan University; UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Date Written: October 29, 2019

Abstract

We formally analyze the effects of legal presumptions in patent litigation. We set up a novel contest model to study litigation outcomes, judgement errors, and resource dissipation under three alternative presumption criteria: a presumption that the patent is valid; a presumption that the patent is invalid; no presumption regarding validity. Our findings reveal that any legal presumption – either in favor of validity or invalidity – is preferable than a no-presumption criterion when there is high uncertainty about the patent’s objective merit.

Keywords: Patent, Litigation, Presumptions, Persuasion

JEL Classification: K41, C72, D74

Suggested Citation

Guerra, Alice and Kundu, Tapas, The Role of Legal Presumptions in Patent Litigation (October 29, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3477505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3477505

Alice Guerra (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Bologna
Italy

Tapas Kundu

Oslo Business School, Oslo Metropolitan University ( email )

Pilestredet 35
Oslo, 0167
Norway

HOME PAGE: http://www.tapaskundu.net

UiT the Arctic University of Norway ( email )

Breivika
Tromsø, NO-9037
Norway

HOME PAGE: http://www.tapaskundu.net

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