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R&D collaboration with uncertain intellectual property rights

By Dirk Czarnitzki, Katrin Hussinger and Cédric Schneider

Abstract

Patent pendencies create uncertainty in research and development (R&D) collaboration agreements, resulting in a threat of expropriation of unprotected knowledge by potential partners, reduced bargaining power and enhanced search costs. In this paper, we show that - depending of the type of partner - uncertain intellectual property rights (IPR) lead to reduced collaboration between firms and may hinder the production of knowledge. This has implications for technology policy as R&D collaborations are exempt from anti-trust legislation in order to increase R&D in the economy. We argue that a functional IPR system is needed for successful utilization of this policy

Topics: 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de:3138

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