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Title:The propensity to patent in oligopolistic markets PDF Logo
Authors:Zaby, Alexandra K.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Tübinger Diskussionsbeitrag 323
Abstract:We analyze the strategic protection decision of an innovator between a patent and secrecy in a setting with horizontally differentiated products. By introducing the patenting decision into the well known circular city model, the impact of the disclosure requirement linked to a patent application as well as the problem of legally inventing around a patent can be taken into account. Asymmetry in the circular market leads to a consumer migration effect. We find that secrecy may be the innovator's profit maximizing strategy whenever the mandatory disclosure of information enhances the market entry of competitors.
Subjects:patenting decision
disclosure requirement
patent breadth
horizontal product differentiation
circular city
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-42006
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Tübinger Diskussionsbeiträge, Universität Tübingen

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