A look at both sides of the coin: investigating the protective and the disclosure effect of patenting


Heger, Diana ; Zaby, Alexandra K.


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/34339
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-343397
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 13-048
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: L13 , O14 , O33, O34,
Keywords (English): Patenting decision , disclosure requirement , patent scope , vertical product differentiation , IPC codes
Abstract: This paper presents a theoretical and empirical investigation of the two basic effects of patenting: the positive effect of temporarily mitigating competition, and the negative effect of mandatory disclosure of a patent application. Providing empirical evidence for the presented theoretical results we find that (i) a technological lead and the propensity to patent are negatively related as opposed to common intuition, (ii) in industries with imperfect appropriability in case of secrecy the extent of the technological lead is positively associated with the propensity to patent, and that (iii) the intensity of patent protection mitigates the competitive threat a patentee faces.

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Heger, Diana ; Zaby, Alexandra K. (2013) A look at both sides of the coin: investigating the protective and the disclosure effect of patenting. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 13-048 [Working paper]
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