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International Protection of Intellectual Property: An Empirical Investigation


Edwin L.-C. Lai


Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Isabel Kitming Yan


City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Economics & Finance

May 2006


Abstract:     
In this paper, we test the empirical implications of Grossman and Lai's (2004) game-theoretic model of international patent protection. The model yields clear predictions of the variation in degrees of patent protection across countries based on the market sizes and levels of innovative capability of the countries. To take into account the interdependence in the determination of strengths of patent protection between countries, we adopt the spatial econometrics approach. We find that the pattern of patent protection around the globe was broadly consistent with the predictions of the model before the implementation of the TRIPS agreement in 1995.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Intellectual property, patent, empirical study, spatial econometrics

JEL Classification: O34, F13

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Date posted: June 29, 2004  

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Lai, Edwin L.-C. and Yan, Isabel Kitming, International Protection of Intellectual Property: An Empirical Investigation (May 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=559661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.559661

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Edwin L.-C. Lai (Contact Author)
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology ( email )
Clearwater Bay
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Isabel Kitming Yan
City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Economics & Finance ( email )
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
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