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Title:R&D collaboration with uncertain intellectual property rights PDF Logo
Authors:Czarnitzki, Dirk
Hussinger, Katrin
Schneider, Cédric
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 11-010
Abstract:Patent pendencies create uncertainty in research and development (R&D) collaboration agreements, resulting in a threat of expropriation of unprotected knowledge by potential partners, reduced bargaining power and enhanced search costs. In this paper, we show that - depending of the type of partner - uncertain intellectual property rights (IPR) lead to reduced collaboration between firms and may hinder the production of knowledge. This has implications for technology policy as R&D collaborations are exempt from anti-trust legislation in order to increase R&D in the economy. We argue that a functional IPR system is needed for successful utilization of this policy.
Subjects:R&D collaboration
intellectual property
uncertainty
patents
JEL:O31
O38
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-31383
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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