Patents, Innovation and Economic Performance

OECD Conference Proceedings

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This publication presents a collection of the policy-oriented empirical studies and stakeholders' views designed to show how patent regimes can contribute more efficiently to innovation and economic performance.  Topics covered include the links between patents and economic performance, changes in patent regimes, patents and entrepreneurship, patents and diffusion of technology, IPR for software and technology, and current and future policy challenges.




How Do Third-Party Patents Foster Innovation?

This paper presents the views of the Vice-President of Intellectual Property at Air Liquide on how third-party patents may foster innovation. In order to illustrate the economic and business impact of patents, he looks at them from two different angles: first from the perspective of a firm as a potential patent infringer or user of third-party patents, and then from the perspective of a patentee. Provided a certain number of conditions are fulfilled, the patent system can play a positive role in the economic performance of firms, either when they use patents as a source of technical information or when they ...


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