nep-ipr New Economics Papers
on Intellectual Property Rights
Issue of 2015‒07‒18
three papers chosen by
Giovanni Ramello
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. Languages, Fees and the International Scope of Patenting By Harhoff, Dietmar; Hoisl, Karin; van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno; Vandeput, Charlotte
  2. Patent Portfolio Management of Sequential Innovations: Theory and Empirics By Jinyoung Kim
  3. United States’ Unfair Competition acts and software Piracy– Which Asia-Pacific countries are at risk and recourse do they have? By Teemu Alexander Puutio

  1. By: Harhoff, Dietmar; Hoisl, Karin; van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno; Vandeput, Charlotte
    Abstract: This paper analyzes firms’ choices regarding the geographic scope of patent protection within the European patent system. We develop an econometric model at the patent level to quantify the impact of office fees and translation costs on firms’ decision to validate a patent in a particular country once it has been granted by the EPO. These costs have been disregarded in previous studies. The results suggest that both translation costs and fees for validation and renewals have a strong influence on the behavior of applicants.
    Keywords: patents; patent fees; patent validation; renewal fees; translation costs
    JEL: O30 O31 O38 O57
    Date: 2015–05–03
  2. By: Jinyoung Kim (Department of Economics, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
    Abstract: This paper develops a model for understanding a firm¡¯s decisions regarding the maintenance (renewal) and patenting of sequential innovations and studies how these decisions are affected by the model¡¯s parameters such as maintenance fees and filing fees. The model offers a discriminating testable hypothesis, predicated on the cross-price effects, to identify complementarityor substitutability across sequential innovations. Our empirical results show that higher filingfees are associated with lower probability of patent renewal, which corroborates the case of complementarity in sequential innovations.
    Keywords: Renewal, Patenting, Sequential innovations, Patent portfolio, Patent maintenance fees, Application filing fees
    JEL: O32 O34
    Date: 2015
  3. By: Teemu Alexander Puutio (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP))
    Abstract: Despite widespread fears, traditional forms of protectionism – such as import tariffs - have not substantially increased since the onset of the 2008 economic crisis. However, as a response to domestic economic pressures, countries like the United States have resorted to less-transparent potentially discriminatory trade policies, of which the Unfair Competition Acts issued in Washington State and several other states are recent examples. These acts allow the United States government and private entities operating where these acts apply to take action against foreign competing producers who are found to use illegal IT software in their production processes. The passing of these acts augment the existing federal legislation by making allowing focused legal action on the basis of misappropriation of software.
    Keywords: Protectionism, piracy , import bans, Unfair Competition acts
    JEL: F1
    Date: 2014–02

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