Applicant behaviour in patent examination request lags
Alfons Palangkaraya, Paul H Jensen, Elizabeth Webster
ECONOMICS LETTERS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA | Published : 2008
One component of the duration of pending patents - why applicants choose to delay the examination process - is modelled. We use a matched sample of 9597 patent applications to examine this issue. Controlling for differences between patent offices, we find evidence that applicants create investment uncertainty by delaying decisions to request patent examination. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.