Strategic Patent Acquisitions
Fiona M. Scott Morton
Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
July 2, 2013
We report data on patent litigation activity initiated by patent assertion entities and discuss the tactics used by these entities to monetize the patents they acquire. We develop a simple economic model to evaluate the effect of enhanced patent monetization on innovation and on consumers. We then study the economic effects of several different categories of patent acquisitions based on the type of seller, the type of buyer, and the patent portfolio involved.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: patents, innovation, competition
JEL Classification: K21, L40, O31, O34
Date posted: July 3, 2013 ; Last revised: January 1, 2015
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