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Harhoff, Dietmar; Hoisl, Karin; van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno and Vandeput, Charlotte (3. May 2015): Languages, Fees and the International Scope of Patenting. SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper No. 511 [PDF, 470kB]


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.

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