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.
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Nov 2015|
|Event||2015 IP Statistics for Decision Makers Conference (IPSDM 2015), November 3-4, 2015, Vienna, Austria - Hotel Savoyen Vienna, Vienna, Austria|
Duration: 3 Nov 2015 → 4 Nov 2015
|Conference||2015 IP Statistics for Decision Makers Conference (IPSDM 2015), November 3-4, 2015, Vienna, Austria|
|Period||3/11/15 → 4/11/15|
|Other||"IP for Innovation"|