Giving away the game? The impact of the disclosure effect on the patenting decision


Heger, Diana ; Zaby, Alexandra K.


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/31387
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-313875
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 12-010
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: L13 , L24 , O34,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Patent , Entscheidung , Auskunftspflicht , Innovationswettbewerb , Produktdifferenzierung , Theorie , Schätzung
Keywords (English): Patenting decision , secrecy , disclosure requirement , patent breadth , horizontal product differentiation , circular city
Abstract: This article explores the propensity to patent in the light of the disclosure effect. Unlike earlier approaches concerned with the patenting decision, we take into account that a disclosure effect may decrease the merits of patenting by facilitating inventing around the patent for competitors. In our theoretical model, we find that the disclosure effect - contingent on the competitive environment of the inventor - possibly has substantial negative effects on the propensity to patent. An empirical investigation of the theoretical results finds support for the proposed effects.

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Heger, Diana ; Zaby, Alexandra K. (2012) Giving away the game? The impact of the disclosure effect on the patenting decision. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 12-010 [Working paper]
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