Patent-Secret Mix in Complex Product Firms
University of Turin - Department of Economics
University of Turin
American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 142-158, 2008
Different protection mechanisms may be employed at the same time when an innovation is comprised of separately protectable components. If patents and trade secrets can be mixed in protecting single innovations, a strengthening in patent breadth may induce a lower level of patenting, as innovators are more prone to rely on secrecy.
Keywords: K00, L49, O34Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 16, 2008
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