Patent Protection in Central and Eastern European Countries

  • Nikolaus Thumm
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to investigate the general role of intellectual property protection and in particular patent protection for the process of transition in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC). Abramovitz’ approach of technological gaps is the theoretical background for the analysis of CEEC and the role of intellectual property rights -systems for closing technological gaps. The relationship between CEEC and the European Union is at the centre of the dispute. The setting for this is the recent harmonisation efforts between the European Union and CEEC. The analysis looks at intellectual property rights -systems in the CEEC as a means of international diffusion of knowledge, its influence on national innovation and its relationship with international trade. This chapter provides the theoretical background for session 7.3.

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Europe Sine OECD Romania Monopoly 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaus Thumm
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  1. 1.European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective, Technological StudiesW.T.C.SevillaSpain

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