The Choice between Formal and Informal Intellectual Property: A Literature Review

64 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2012 Last revised: 27 Oct 2014

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Bronwyn H. Hall

University of California at Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Christian Helmers

Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Mark Rogers

University of Oxford, Harris Manchester College; Aston University - Aston Business School

Vania Sena

Independent

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

We survey the economic literature, both theoretical and empirical, on the choice of intellectual property protection by firms. Our focus is on the tradeoffs between using patents and disclosing versus the use of secrecy, although we also look briefly at the use of other means of formal intellectual property protection.

Suggested Citation

Hall, Bronwyn H. and Helmers, Christian and Rogers, Mark Llewellyn and Sena, Vania, The Choice between Formal and Informal Intellectual Property: A Literature Review (April 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w17983. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2035782

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Vania Sena

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