Delays in International Patent Application Outcomes

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 35/07

Date: December 2007


Paul H. Jensen
Alfons Palangkaraya
Elizabeth Webster


One component of the duration of pending patents – why applicants choose to delay the examination process – is modelled. We use a matched sample of 9,597 patent applications. Controlling for differences between patent offices, we find evidence of strategic behaviour by applicants.

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  • Patent examinations
  • Patent pendency
  • Strategic behavior