Despite more than forty years of discussion among practitioners, academics and policy makers only minor steps towards a single Intellectual Property Right certificate valid in all European countries are made. Still, a granted patent application at the European Patent Office dissolves into a bundle of national patent rights.
This project will generate for the first time data on patent enforcement across EU and provide comparative analysis of the different enforcement systems using a unique data set of enforcement suits handled at distinct courts in Europe. It underpins the policy process by helping to decide which elements of already existing and working enforcement systems in Europe should be kept and further developed and what drawbacks should be avoided. A harmonized procedure should circumvent incentives of forum shopping and duplication of suits as well as the filing of cheap litigation cases.
The research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies (SEEK)" is funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Additional information regarding the SEEK research programme.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Cremers, Katrin and Paula Schliessler (2014), Patent Litigation Settlement in Germany- Why Parties Settle during Trial, European Journal of Law and Economics, Published online: 21 November 2014. Download
Discussion and Working Papers
Cremers, Katrin, Max Ernicke, Fabian Gaessler, Dietmar Harhoff, Christian Helmers, Luke Mc Donagh, Paula Schliessler and Nicolas van Zeebroeck (2013), Patent Litigation in Europe, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 13-072, Mannheim, LLL:citation.label.journal: European Journal of Law and Economics. Download
Cremers, Katrin and Paula Schliessler (2012), Patent Litigation Settlement in Germany - Why Parties Settle during Trial, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 12-084, Mannheim, LLL:citation.label.journal: European Journal of Law and Economics. Download
24.11.2010 - 30.04.2012
Prof. Mark Schankerman, Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economics, London, UK
Tony Clayton, Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office, London, UK
Christian Helmers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department Economía de la Empresa, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, ES
Dr. Robert Pitkethly, Senior Member, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, Oxford, UK
Assistant Prof. Cedric Schneider, Ph.D., Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics, Frederiksberg, DK
Nicholas van Zeebroeck, Ph.D., Université Libre de Bruxelles, Lecturer & FNRS Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre Emile Bernheim, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Brüssel, BE
Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., INNO-tec - Institut für Innovationsforschung, Technologiemanagement und Entrepreneurship, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München, DE
Prof. Georg von Graevenitz, Ph.D., INNO-tec - Institut für Innovationsforschung, Technologiemanagement und Entrepreneurship, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München, DE