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Title:Inventions under siege? The impact of technology competition on licensing PDF Logo
Authors:Grimpe, Christoph
Hussinger, Katrin
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 09-039
Abstract:In recent years, firms have increasingly contributed to and been confronted with a patent landscape characterized by numerous but marginal inventions, overlapping claims and patent fences. Literature suggests that both the fragmentation of ownership and the threat of a firm's patent applications being blocked by competitors' patents lead to increased patenting and inlicensing activity. In this paper, we investigate the effect of expected blocking on firms' engagement in in- and out-licensing. Based on a sample of more than 400 German manufacturing firms our results show that firms engage in in- and out-licensing if technology competition increases which is in line with the argument that licensing can mitigate hold-up problems in technology markets.
Subjects:Licensing
blocking patents
discrete and complex technologies
technology competition
JEL:L24
O34
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des ZEW
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