Discrimination against foreigners : the Wuerttemberg Patent Law in administrative practice

Lehmann-Hasemeyer, Sibylle ; Streb, Jochen

URL: https://edoc.hu-berlin.de/handle/18452/20239
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Working Papers of the Priority Programme 1859 : Experience and Expectation : Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviour
Volume: 7-18
Place of publication: Berlin
Publishing house: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Computer- und Medienservice
ISSN: 2510-053X
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Wirtschaftsgeschichte (Streb 2011-)
Subject: 330 Economics
900 History
Abstract: Economists stress the leading role that inclusive institutions play among the various factors that foster a country’s economic growth. In this article, we show that it might be misleading to mistake the codification of a formal rule for its effective administrative implementation. As the case of the German state Wuerttemberg demonstrates, a government’s lip service to the principle of equal treatment does not guarantee that the local patent authority refrains from discriminating against foreign patenteesbycharging comparatively high patent fees. We conclude that the introduction of a stringent and formally fair patent law alone does not guarantee that foreign inventors’ intellectual property rights are protected as well as those of the domestic patentees.

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