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.




Why are Software Patents So Trivial?

This paper presents the views of the representative of the Foundation for a Free Information Structure and Eurolinux Alliance. In his opinion, most software patents are trivial and broad and the reasons are to be found in the patent system itself rather than in the insufficiencies of the examination process. The extension of patentability to software comes at the expense of several of the necessary filters needed to raise the proportion of ‘good patents’ among those granted. One of those filters is the ...


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