How to improve the European Patent

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How to improve the European Patent: Uploaded on Youtube on 09/09/2011

In the following video created by the UC3M, the professor of Economics Department Alvaro Escribano make some comments about an investigation which analyses how to improve the European Patent system. The possible adoption of a unified patent in Europe put back this current subject; the following video introduces the topic answering a series of questions:

Why a Patent System is useful?

There is an open debate on this question and some controversy.

  • First, the defenders of the system affirm that if there is not recognition of monopoly through patents there will be no promotion of innovation.
  • On the other hand, the detractors think the competition between companies alone generates an innovation process.

What properties must have a Patent System to be efficient?

  • Must be low cost.
  • Should be widely publicized and accessible.

Why is it necessary a European Patent System?

A single European system would reduce costs and facilitate the process.

Which kind of solution would you suggest in order to get a more efficient Patent System?

  • A commonly accepted language, like English, should be adopted in Europe.
  • There should be a single system to avoid duplication of costs with other systems.

Why is the actual proposal of creating a European patent so controversial?

  • The proposal means an additional system in three languages, which involves a higher cost.
  • Besides, it excludes the Spanish language, which is a competitive disadvantage.

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