Patent litigation in Europe


Cremers, Katrin ; Ernicke, Max ; Gaessler, Fabian ; Harhoff, Dietmar ; Helmers, Christian ; McDonagh, Luke ; Schliessler, Paula ; Zeebroeck, Nicolas van


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/34773
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-347732
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 13-072
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O34 , K11 , K41,
Keywords (English): Patent litigation , Europe
Abstract: We compare patent litigation cases across four European jurisdictions – Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the UK – covering cases filed during the period 2000-2008. For our analysis, we assemble a new dataset that contains detailed information at the case, litigant, and patent level for patent cases filed at the major courts in the four jurisdictions. We find substantial differences across jurisdictions in terms of case loads. Courts in Germany hear by far the largest number of cases in absolute terms, but also when taking country size into account. We also find important between-country differences in terms of outcomes, the share of cases that is appealed, as well as the characteristics of litigants and litigated patents. A considerable number of patents are litigated in multiple jurisdictions, but the majority of patents are subject to litigation only in one of the four jurisdictions.

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Cremers, Katrin ; Ernicke, Max ; Gaessler, Fabian ; Harhoff, Dietmar ; Helmers, Christian ; McDonagh, Luke ; Schliessler, Paula ; Zeebroeck, Nicolas van (2013) Patent litigation in Europe. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 13-072 [Working paper]
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