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Strategic Patent Acquisitions

Fiona M. Scott Morton

Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Carl Shapiro

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

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Date posted: July 3, 2013 ; Last revised: January 1, 2015

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Scott Morton, Fiona M. and Shapiro, Carl, Strategic Patent Acquisitions (July 2, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2288911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2288911

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Fiona M. Scott Morton
Yale School of Management ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Carl Shapiro (Contact Author)
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business ( email )
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2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
510-642-5905 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu
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