Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/43508
Authors: 
Denicolò, Vincenzo
Halmenschlager, Christine
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Institutions and markets 2010,134
Abstract: 
We study the effect of the fragmentation of intellectual property rights on optimal patent design. The major finding is that when several complementary innovative components must be assembled to operate a new technology, the patentability requirements should be stronger than in the case of stand-alone innovation. This reduces the fragmentation of intellectual property, which is socially costly. However, to preserve the incentives to innovate, if a patent is granted the strength of protection should be generally higher than in the stand-alone case.
Subjects: 
Intellectual Property Rights
Fragmentation
Patent Requirements
JEL: 
O3
O34
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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