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Webinar by Vanessa Behrens: Fasten Your Seatbelts! Can the Patent Prosecution Take Your Application Down the Fast Lane


Vanessa Behrens













November the 28th, 2017 -

11:00 GMT to 12:00 GMT.



Event will be held online

TECHNIS is pleased to invite you to a free webinar. TECHNIS webinars focus on IP and innovation examining recent legal, economic, managerial, ethical and policy issues related to technological innovation. Our approach is interdisciplinary and presentations are given by experts in different fields such as economics, law, management, STS, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. Webinar presentations last for 20min and are followed by a 40min discussion.

Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday the 28th of November 2017 at 11:00 GMT. The speaker is Vanessa Behrens, ZEW.


The title of the talk is “Fasten Your Seatbelts! Can the Patent Prosecution Take Your Application Down the Fast Lane”.


The moderator will be Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos.


The program we use to deliver webinars is called VSee and you can easily download it for free. A very short demo of VSee can be found at


This webinar is free and open to all.


To participate and for further information, please contact Dr. Andreas Panagopoulos at least a day prior to the seminar.


Abstract: Patent applications generally take several years to be processed at the patent office, leaving inventors caught in a long phase of uncertainty about their intellectual property rights. While for some, long processing durations (pendency) can provide advantages, for others it can impede the realization of licensing agreements and prevent firm collaboration, hindering innovation and knowledge diffusion. Growing awareness of how problematic pendency is has resulted in the implementation of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), aimed at accelerating the patent application process through work sharing initiatives and information sharing. This study is the first to empirically assess the effectiveness of this program between the USPTO and Japanese Patent Office. Results of this paper suggest that the PPH reduces the processing time of patent applications by around 25% overall at the USPTO. This is comparable to a reduction in pendency by 211 days. The effect is most prominent during the examination phase – a reduction in pendency by 52%, or 166 days – where the work-sharing initiative of the PPH provides the greatest potential of improving office efficiency.



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