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Dr. Fabian Gaessler, M.Sc.

Wissenschaftlicher Referent

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

+49 89 24246-591
+49 89 24246-501
fabian.gaessler(at)ip.mpg.de

Arbeitsbereiche:

Innovationsforschung, Methoden der empirischen Wirtschaftsforschung, Ökonometrie und Statistik, angewandte Industrieökonomik, Technologiebeschaffung, Patentübertragung, Prozessökonomie, Innovationsökonomie, Patentdurchsetzung

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

Seit 2015
Wissenschaftlicher Referent am Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)

2013 - 2015
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Doktorand am Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research). Dissertation: Enforcing and Trading Patents - Evidence for Europe

2010 - 2013
Postgraduales Studium der Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften an der International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation, München

2009 - 2010
Studium der Organisation, Management und Governance (M.Sc.) an der London School of Economics and Political Science, London

2008 - 2011
Honors Degree in Technology Management am Center for Digital Technology and Management, München

2007 - 2010
Praktika im Beratungs-, Telekommunikations- und akademischen Bereich

2005 - 2009
Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre (B.Sc.) an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und der University of California, Santa Barbara

Publikationen

Artikel in referierten Fachzeitschriften

Cremers, Katrin; Ernicke, Max; Gaessler, Fabian; Harhoff, Dietmar; Helmers, Christian; McDonagh, Luke; Schliessler, Paula; van Zeebroeck, Nicolas (2016). Patent Litigation in Europe, European Journal of Law and Economics 41.1, 1-44. DOI

  • We compare patent litigation cases across four European jurisdictions—Germany, the UK (England and Wales), France, The Netherlands—using case-level data gathered from cases filed in the four jurisdictions during the period 2000–2008. Overall, we find substantial differences across jurisdictions in terms of caseloads—notably, courts in Germany hear by far the largest number of cases, not only in absolute terms, but also when taking macro-economic indicators into account—and we further find important cross-country variances in terms of case outcomes. Moreover, we show empirically that a considerable number of patents are litigated across multiple European jurisdictions; and further, that in the majority of these cases divergent case outcomes are reached across the different jurisdictions, suggesting that the long-suspected problem of inconsistency of decision-making in European patent litigation is in fact real. Finally, we note that the coming into force of the Unified Patent Court in Europe may, in the long term, help to alleviate this inconsistency problem.

Monographien

Gaessler, Fabian (2016). Enforcing and Trading Patents – Evidence for Europe (Innovation und Entrepreneurship). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler. DOI

    Open Access

    Cremers, Katrin; Gaessler, Fabian; Harhoff, Dietmar; Helmers, Christian; Lefouilid, Yassine (2016). Invalid but Infringed? An Analysis of the Bifurcated Patent Litigation System, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 131 (PA), 218-242. DOI

    • In bifurcated patent litigation systems, claims of infringement and validity of a patent are decided independently of each other in separate court proceedings at different courts. In non-bifurcated systems, infringement and validity are decided jointly in the same proceedings at a single court. We build a model that shows the key trade-off between bifurcated and non-bifurcated systems and how it affects the incentives of plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement cases. Using detailed data on patent litigation cases in Germany (bifurcated) and the U.K. (non-bifurcated), we show that bifurcation creates situations in which a patent is held infringed that is subsequently invalidated. We also show that having to challenge a patent's validity in separate court proceedings under bifurcation implies that alleged infringers are less likely to do so. We find this to apply in particular to more resource-constrained alleged infringers. Finally, we find parties to be more likely to settle in a bifurcated system.
    • SSRN

    Diskussionspapiere

    Love, Brian J.; Helmers, Christian; Gaessler, Fabian; Ernicke, Maximilian (2015). Patent Assertion Entities in Europe.

    • This book chapter presents the findings of an empirical study of U.K. and German patent litigation involving patent assertion entities (PAEs). Overall, we find that PAEs account for roughly ten percent of patent suits filed in these countries during the time periods covered by our study: 2000-2013 for the UK and 2000-2008 for Germany. We also present a variety of additional data on the characteristics of European PAE suits and PAE-asserted patents and, finally, consider what our findings suggest are the most important reasons PAEs tend to avoid European courts. We conclude that, while many factors likely contribute to the relative scarcity of PAEs in Europe, the continent’s fee-shifting regimes stand out as a key deterrent to patent monetization.
    • Available at SSRN

    Vorträge

    15.05.2017

    Taking the Crowd by the Hand - The Intermediary Role of Crowdfunding Platforms

    ZEW Economics of Innovation and Patenting Conference 2017

    Ort: Mannheim


    03.04.2017

    Patents and Cumulative Innovation - Evidence from Post-Granted Patent Oppositions

    SFB Competiton and Rationality Workshop

    Ort: Berlin


    16.03.2017

    Patent Litigation in Europe

    European Intellectual Property Rights and Jurisdiction in Need of Grand Design? MPI Workshop

    Ort: Harnackhaus Berlin


    29.11.2016

    Patents and Cumulative Innovation - Evidence from Post-Granted Patent Oppositions

    IO and Trade Seminar

    Ort: LMU München


    03.09.2016

    Litigation of Standard-Essential Patents in Europe - A Comparative Analysis

    European Policy for Intellectual Property Annual Conference

    Ort: University of Oxford, UK


    02.09.2016

    Patent Transfers in Europe - Data and Methodological Report

    European Policy for Intellectual Property Annual Conference

    Ort: University of Oxford, UK


    18.05.2016

    What to Buy When Forum Shopping? Determinants of Court Selection in Patent Litigation

    17th CEPR/JIE School and Conference on Applied Industrial Organisation

    Ort: London, UK


    01.09.2016

    What to Buy When Forum Shopping? Determinants of Court Selection in Patent Litigation

    European Policy for Intellectual Property 10th Annual Conference

    Ort: Glasgow, UK


    28.08.2015

    What to Buy When Forum Shopping? Determinants of Court Selection in Patent Litigation

    42nd Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics

    Ort: München


    02.07.2015

    Forum Shopping in Patent Litigation at German Regional Courts

    6th ZEW/MaCCI Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting

    Ort: Mannheim


    29.06.2015

    What to Buy When Forum Shopping? Determinants of Court Selection in Patent Litigation

    Economic Analysis of Litigation Workshop

    Ort: Turin, Italien


    27.06.2015

    Paneldiskussion: Zur Zukunft der Internetwirtschaft - warum brauchen Unternehmen Patente?

    Alumnikonferenz am Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb

    Ort: München


    11.06.2015

    Forum Shopping in Patent Litigation at German Regional Courts

    Workshop: 2nd International Meeting in Law & Economics at the University Paris 2-Panthéon-Assas

    Ort: Paris, Frankreich


    29.08.2014

    Invalid but Infringed? An Analysis of Germany's Bifurcated Patent Litigation System

    41st Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics

    Ort: Mailand, Italien


    23.06.2014

    Invalid but Infringed? An Analysis of Germany's Bifurcated Patent Litigation System

    Munich Conference on Innovation and Competition 2014

    Ort: Schloss Ringberg


    13.01.2014

    Forum Shopping in Patent Litigation in Germany

    Transatlantic Workshop on Intellectual Property Research

    Ort: Zürich, Schweiz


    09.08.2013

    Invalid but Infringed? An Analysis of Germany's Bifurcated Patent Litigation System

    Comparative Patent Litigation in Europe and Evidence on Bifurcation, Workshop at Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

    Ort: London, UK

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