Call for tenders - what are patents actually worth?

July 2, 2004

Brussels, 01 Jul 2004

The European Commission has published a call for tenders for a study evaluating the knowledge economy, and in particular, the value of patents for today's economy and society.

The study will provide an overall picture of the effect that patents have on the economy and society of the EU. An assessment of the advantages and disadvantages will be obtained, along with an evidence-based conclusion as to the merits or otherwise of patents.

In this way, the study will assist the work of DG Internal Market in implementing suitable patent policies in order to achieve its objectives described above. Specifically, it will inform EU policies relating to the development of the knowledge economy, the support of SMEs [small and medium sized enterprises] and the proper functioning of the internal market as regards patent policies.

For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General Internal Market
B-1049 Brussels
Tel +32-2 295 4031
Fax +32-2 299 3088

To see the full details of the call, please consult the following web address: ST=Seek-Deliver&LANGUAGE=en&DOCI D=105318-2004
Remarks: The deadline for requesting tender documents is 3.8.2004.
The deadline for submitting tender documents is 10.8.2004.

Before contacting the Commission, tenderers are strongly advised to consult the original call text in the Official Journal of the European Union at the reference below.

CORDIS RTD-NEWS / © European Communities

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