The choice between formal and informal intellectual property: A review

B.H. Hall, C. Helmers, M. Rogers, V. Sena

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Abstract

We survey the economic literature, both theoretical and empirical, on the choice of intellectual property protection by firms. Our focus is on the trade-offs between using patents and disclosing versus the use of secrecy, although we also look briefly at the use of other means of formal intellectual property protection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-423
Number of pages49
JournalJournal of Economic Literature
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • RESEARCH-AND-DEVELOPMENT
  • STRATEGIC DISCLOSURE
  • COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
  • TECHNOLOGICAL-CHANGE
  • EMPIRICAL-ANALYSIS
  • RIGHTS PROTECTION
  • PATENT STATISTICS
  • PUBLIC DOMAIN
  • WORLDS-FAIRS
  • LIFE-CYCLE

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