A system fit for innovation? Part II: (Dis-)advantages for follow-on inventors in the UP legal framework

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The first part of this contribution has been concerned with the question of whether the
UP legal framework provides for easy, fast, legally secure and inexpensive access to patents
with a solid breadth of protection. However, as was already indicated therein at
the outset, these qualities alone do not suffice for a patent system to truly deserve the label
‘fit for innovation’, regardless of how well it performs in these fields. Much rather, it
must also ensure access to patentable knowledge for follow-on research, including socalled
dependent or cumulative innovation (eg enhancements of earlier generations of
technologies). This second part of the paper is dedicated to some of the various tools that
are available in that respect. These instruments range from the disclosure requirement
as a procedural obligation to excluding certain subject matter from patentability or limiting
the scope of patent protection, thus allowing either free or remunerated (compulsory
licensing) use of already patented inventions in the respective field or for the respective
purpose (eg for research activities).
TitelEuropean Patent Law
UntertitelThe Unified Patent Court and the European Patent Convention
Redakteure*innenDuncan Matthews, Paul Torremans
Herausgeber (Verlag)De Gruyter
Seiten371 – 394
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 23 Okt. 2023

ÖFOS 2012

  • 505005 Geistiges Eigentum
  • 505003 Europarecht