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Which road to take? Filing routes to the European Patent Office

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Title
Which road to take? Filing routes to the European Patent Office
Abstract

This paper deals with the question if structural variables, like the industrial structure of an economy, are related to the choice of a filing route to the European Patent Office (EPO) via Euro-PCT, EPO or national first filing. Second, and maybe even more importantly, we raise the question if the choice of a filing route is correlated with the probability of a patent filing being granted, withdrawn or refused in the examination process.To analyse those questions, we constructed a dataset consisting of nearly two million patent filings at the EPO between the priority years 1985 and 2008 based on the “EPO Worldwide Patent Statistical Database” (PATSTAT), differentiated by filing country, technological sector and the type of applicant.Our descriptive and multivariate results show that Euro-PCT and EPO first filings have gained increased importance since 1985 and are most often used by EPC member states. However, national offices remain important, especially for MNEs who mostly claim national priority first before filing at the EPO. Furthermore, we show that the choice of a filing route is associated with the outcome of the examination process. Euro-PCT filings, for example, have a higher probability to be granted than their directly filed counterparts.

► Choices of filing routes to the EPO and their outcome probabilities are analysed. ► Data of nearly two million patent filings at the EPO from 1985 to 2008 are employed. ► Geographic proximity and country size are correlated with the choice of a filing route to the EPO. ► The same is true for the type of the applicant and its technological field. ► The choice of a filing route is correlated with the outcome of the examination process.

Keywords
Patents; Filing route; Patent grant; Strategic patenting
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Publisher
Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: World Patent Information - Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2013, Pages 8–19
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Subjects
Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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