Licensing a Common Value Innovation When Signaling Strength May Backfire

26 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2013 Last revised: 29 Oct 2017

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Cuihong Fan

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Byoung Jun

Korea University

Elmar Wolfstetter

Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics; Korea University - College of Economics and Commerce; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: November 7, 2013

Abstract

This paper reconsiders the licensing of a common value innovation to a downstream duopoly, assuming firms observe imperfect signals of the cost reduction induced by the innovation. The innovator adopts a direct revelation mechanism and awards an unrestricted license to the firm that reports the highest signal and a royalty contract to the other. Firms may signal strength to their rivals through exaggerated messages, which may however backfire, and give rise to higher royalty payments. We provide sufficient conditions for truthful implementation, and for the profitability of adding royalty contracts to what is otherwise a first-price license auction.

Keywords: patents, licensing, auctions, innovation, mechanism design

JEL Classification: D21, D43, D44, D45

Suggested Citation

Fan, Cuihong and Jun, Byoung and Wolfstetter, Elmar G., Licensing a Common Value Innovation When Signaling Strength May Backfire (November 7, 2013). International Journal of Game Theory, (2014) 43:215–244, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351141

Cuihong Fan

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics ( email )

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Byoung Jun

Korea University ( email )

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Humboldt University of Berlin - Faculty of Economics ( email )

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