Legal Media Group - 01 August 2004
The European Commission has launched a call for tenders to conduct a study that will look at the overall value of patents in today’s knowledge economy.
The results of the study will be used by the Commission to develop and implement suitable patent policies.
The objective of the study is to provide a picture of the effects of patents on the economy, and to come up with an evidence-based conclusion about the merits or disadvantages of patents in the EU market.
“It should be understood that the aim of the study is to evaluate the impact, in the EU, of patents in general,” the Commission stated in its contract notice.
“An important distinction is to be made between the value of innovation and the value of patents. This study should only focus on the latter aspect and consider the value of innovation only in as far as it is influenced by patents,” it wrote.
The aim is also to inform EU policies about the development of the knowledge economy, the support of SMEs as well as the proper functioning of the internal market in relation to patent policies.
The deadline for requests to participate or submit tenders is August 10. The deadline for requesting tender documents is this Tuesday, August 3.
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