The strategic use of fuzziness in patent specifications


Zaby, Alexandra K. ; Heger, Diana


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/34324
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-343241
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 13-043
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > Zentrum für Europ. Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW)
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O31 , O34 , L24 , D21,
Keywords (English): Patent specification , disclosure requirement , strategic firm behavior , fuzzy patents
Abstract: Innovators seek to protect their intellectual assets by patenting them, at the same time trying to avoid any disclosure of critical knowledge. Given that a patent specification has to include a clear description of the patented matter so that anybody “skilled in the art” is enabled to reproduce the invention, the non-disclosure intention seems contradictory to patent law. This paper provides a model identifying the incentives for firms to deliberately obscure their inventive knowledge in a patent specification.

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