The causal effect of including standards-related documentation into prior art : evidence from a recent EPO policy change

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the causal effect of a recent attempt undertaken by the EPO to improve the quality of the patent granting process. To do so we examine a policy change that aimed at including the information revealed during the standardisation-setting process into the official definition of prior art. All the empirical analysis consistently support that the policy was successful. Indeed, we find a negative and strongly significant reduction in the granting rate, suggesting that the process of patent granting has become more careful and selective after the policy implementation
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2015
Event10th Annual Conference European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP 2015), September 2-3, 2015, Glasgow, UK - University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20153 Sep 2015
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Conference10th Annual Conference European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP 2015), September 2-3, 2015, Glasgow, UK
Abbreviated titleEPIP 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period2/09/153/09/15
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