The propensity to patent with horizontally differentiated products –an empirical investigation

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Dokumentart: WorkingPaper
Date: 2009
Source: Tübinger Diskussionsbeiträge der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät ; 324
Language: English
Faculty: 6 Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Department: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
DDC Classifikation: 330 - Economics
Keywords: Patenterteilung , Geheimhaltung
Other Keywords:
Patenting decision , Secrecy , Disclosure requirement , Market entry , Horizontal product differentiation
Other Contributors: Zaby, Alexandra K.
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In this paper we empirically investigate the theoretical results obtained in Zaby (2009). From the theoretical model, which introduces the decision to patent into a setting with horizontally differentiated products we deduce several hypotheses and test these empirically. We find that the propensity to patent increases when market entry costs decrease. Furthermore, if the disclosure requirement linked to a patent has an impact, the propensity to patent decreases with the strength of the disclosure effect.

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