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Introduction

Dominique Guellec and Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie

in The Economics of the European Patent System

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216987
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191711831 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216987.003.0001
 Introduction

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This introductory chapter shows how patents have become central to the knowledge economy, in connection with the key role of innovation and globalization. It argues that the economic approach to the analysis of patent systems may be useful to better understand its functioning. It offers a beginner's guide to patenting procedures and summarizes the basic economics of patents. The structure of the rest of the book is also described.

Keywords: knowledge economy; patenting procedures; patent economics; intellectual property; IP rights

Chapter.  5174 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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