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Abstract

This transnational survey aims at a better knowledge of the economic problems faced by an applicant for patent protection in the most industrialised countries in the world. Time, risks and costs as the three basic aspects are explored. First the main steps of the national patent granting procedures in the countries selected, and intermediate protection available before the granting of the patent, are outlined. Then for each selected country the time necessary to obtain a patent, the risk of having the patent refused, and the cost involved are estimated. This is followed by an overview of the situation with respect to petty patents, and a similar evaluation of the European patent system with respect to time, risks and costs. Finally, the additional time and cost required for obtaining a national patent protection from a European patent is considered. The survey concludes with some criticism of the deficiencies of the present patent system, and some reform proposals, inspired by the facts and data collected.

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Authors: BOUJU A, Cabinet André Bouju, Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13488 EN (1991) 473 pp., FS, Volumes 1-5, ECU 40
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