Patents are at the heart of science and public policy. Getting European patent policy right is a daunting task and involves listening to numerous voices. Part of this process must entail a full understanding of emerging trends that challenge the present system. The challenges are fluid and vary from sector to sector. This paper identifies and evaluates key recent developments in patenting which impact upon the European patent system, whichever way it looks. An analysis of these and the underlying causes means we are in a much better position to build an effective policy rearguard.
Science and Public Policy, 2009, Vol 36, Issue 8, p. 587-594
intellectual property; patents; European patent system; policy reform; impact trends; statistics; quality of output of system; strategic patenting behaviour; sector issues