A recent stream of the academic literature suggests that there might be discrimination against foreigners in the patent system. Firms of foreign origin may be treated unfavorably compared to local firms when filing for patent protection. Estimates suggest that foreign firms might be as much as ten percentage points less…


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The worry that patents, and other forms of IP rights, are a barrier in the fight against COVID-19 is a legitimate concern. After all, a patent is a temporary monopoly right granted to an inventor that allows her to exclude others from using, making, and selling the protected invention. …

Gaétan de Rassenfosse

I am a Professor of Innovation Policy at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

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