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Policy-makers and the R&D-patent relationship

This policy contribution by Bruno van Pottelsberghe and Gaétan De Rassenfosseargue that the number of priority filings should be used as a patent-based measure of Europe‘s innovation performance.  The paper identifies several policies that may affect the R&D-patent relationship.

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This policy contribution by Bruno van Pottelsberghe and Gaétan De Rassenfosseargue that the number of priority filings should be used as a patent-based measure of Europe‘s innovation performance.  The paper identifies several policies that may affect the R&D-patent relationship.

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Policy-makers and the R&D-patent relationship

Policy Contribution

Policy-makers and the R&D-patent relationship

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