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.




Through the Lens of Intangibles

What Patents on Software and Services Reveal about the System

The expansion of the patent system to embrace intangible inventions, including software and business methods, provokes continued controversy, even in the United States where the specialized patent appeals court has left few if any limits on the scope of patentable. Yet while software and business method patents overlap to some degree, they embody two distinctly different deviations from the more optimal conditions that prevail for pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The software problem can be described as the extreme functional complexity that results from the ease and dispersion of software creation. Although software appears to be an extreme case because of ...


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