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R&D Collaboration with Uncertain Intellectual Property Rights


Dirk Czarnitzki


Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Katrin Hussinger


Universite du Luxembourg; Catholic University of Leuven (KUL); Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Cédric Schneider


Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics

January 15, 2011

ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 11-010

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: R&D Collaboration, Intellectual Property, Uncertainty, Patents

JEL Classification: O31, O38

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Date posted: February 12, 2011  

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Czarnitzki, Dirk and Hussinger, Katrin and Schneider, Cédric, R&D Collaboration with Uncertain Intellectual Property Rights (January 15, 2011). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 11-010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1759438 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1759438

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Dirk Czarnitzki (Contact Author)
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )
P.O. Box 10 34 43
Mannheim, 68034
Germany
Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )
Faculty of Economics and Business
Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
+32 16 326906 (Phone)
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Katrin Hussinger
Universite du Luxembourg ( email )
L-1511 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )
Steunpunt O&O Statistieken
Dekenstraat 2
B-3000 Leuven
Belgium
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )
P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1
D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany
Cédric Schneider
Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics ( email )
Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK-2000
Denmark
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