Determinants of International Patent Examination Outcomes

Melbourne Insititute Working Paper No. 6/05

37 Pages Posted: 30 May 2005 Last revised: 21 Feb 2015

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Alfons Palangkaraya

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

Paul H. Jensen

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

Elizabeth Webster

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

Date Written: May 1, 2005

Abstract

This paper examines the factors that cause differences in patent examination outcomes at the trilateral patent offices using a dataset of more than 70,000 non-PCT patent applications filed at the European and Japanese Patent Offices conditional upon them being granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The paper finds that the quality of the invention, the applicant and whether the inventor was a local resident were the major determinants of patent grants. There is some, albeit inconsistent, evidence that examination decisions are made in the interests of the region's national trade.

Keywords: Patents, patenting process, innovation, invention

JEL Classification: O31, O34, O50

Suggested Citation

Palangkaraya, Alfons and Jensen, Paul H. and Webster, Elizabeth M., Determinants of International Patent Examination Outcomes (May 1, 2005). Melbourne Insititute Working Paper No. 6/05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=730304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.730304

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Elizabeth M. Webster

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