Explaining the Increase in Intellectual Property Disclosure

11 Pages Posted: 4 May 2009  

Timothy Simcoe

Boston University - Questrom School of Business; NBER

Date Written: December 1, 2005

Abstract

This paper documents a large and rather sudden increase in intellectual property disclosure at nine standard setting organizations during the early 1990s. It also examines the specificity of disclosure statements, the significance of disclosed patents, and the differences among disclosing firms. After considering several possible explanations for the increase in disclosure, the paper concludes with a discussion of its policy implications.

Keywords: Standards, Compatibility

JEL Classification: O32,O34

Suggested Citation

Simcoe, Timothy, Explaining the Increase in Intellectual Property Disclosure (December 1, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1396332 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1396332

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