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dc.contributor.authorDella Malva, Antonioen_US
dc.contributor.authorHussinger, Katrinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-22en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-10T09:30:34Z-
dc.date.available2011-01-10T09:30:34Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/43674-
dc.description.abstractCorporate scientific publications are often presented as a strategic means for firms to create prior art with the objective to prevent others from patenting related inventions. This presumes that corporate publications enter the pool of prior art which is relevant to judge the novelty of patent applications at the patent office and that corporate science has the power to block patent applications. This paper analyses for the first time whether the presumed mechanism behind corporate publications as a means to preempt patents works. With focus on the semiconductor technology our results show that scientific publications by corporations challenge the novelty of patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) significantly more than other pieces of prior art. Detailed information from the EPO patent examination procedure allows us to show that corporate publications threaten the novelty of patent applications if combined with other pieces of prior art like patents (rather than as standalone documents). This supports the view that corporate scientific publishing can be an effective means for firms to protect their freedom to operate if used as a complementary part of a firms' overall IP protection strategy as proposed by scholars in the field of law and management science.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherZentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) Mannheimen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesZEW Discussion Papers 10-098en_US
dc.subject.jelO34en_US
dc.subject.jelO32en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keyworddefensive corporate publishingen_US
dc.subject.keywordfreedom to operateen_US
dc.subject.keywordpatentsen_US
dc.subject.keywordsemiconductoren_US
dc.subject.stwIndustrielle Forschungen_US
dc.subject.stwPublikationsanalyseen_US
dc.subject.stwPatenten_US
dc.subject.stwStrategieen_US
dc.subject.stwHalbleiterindustrieen_US
dc.subject.stwEU-Staatenen_US
dc.titleCorporate science in the patent system: An analysis of the semiconductor technologyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn642370540en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:zewdip:10098-
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