The impact of including standards-related documentation in patent prior art: evidence from an EPO policy change

Rudi N.A. Bekkers (Corresponding author), Arianna Martinelli, Federico Tamagni

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It is crucial that patent offices grant protection only to those inventions that are novel and non-obvious. In 2004, the European Patent Office (EPO) made the unique move to systematically extend its prior art database by including documents shared among members of standard-setting organisations, but not made available to the general audience. This paper investigates the effects of this policy change. We find that it worked thanks to a significant reduction in granting rates rather than reducing the scope of granted patents. Our study demonstrates how a targeted approach can improve the quality of the patent granting process.
Originele taal-2Engels
Artikelnummer104007
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftResearch Policy
Volume49
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
Vroegere onlinedatum23 jun 2020
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 sep 2020

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