Patent Pool Formation and Scope of Patents

26 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2008

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Corinne Langinier

University of Alberta - Department of Economics

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Date Written: September 1, 2007


Basic innovations are often fundamental to the development of applications that may be developed by other innovators. In this setting, we investigate whether patent pools can rectify the lack of incentives for a developer to invest in an application. Following Green and Scotchmer (1995), we also wonder whether broad basic patents are necessary in order to provide enough incentives for basic innovators. We show that patent pools are more likely to be formed with patents of very different breadths, or patents of similarly wide breadths. Further, although patent pools rectify the problem of developer incentives, they may reduce the incentive for doing basic research.

Keywords: Patent pool, innovation, breadth

JEL Classification: K11, L4, O31

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Langinier, Corinne, Patent Pool Formation and Scope of Patents (September 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

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