Patent Thickets: An Economic Appraisal
Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital, Working Paper Series No. 1, 2015
10 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2016
Date Written: January 2015
We discuss various economic aspects of different types (or taxa) of “patent thickets” identified in a companion article co-authored by one of us. We analogize patent thickets to “tangible input thickets” (in which manufacturers of complex products need a large number of different physical inputs, supplied by different firms), pointing out the similarities and differences between the patent thicket and tangible input thicket situations. We discuss certain issues applicable to various taxa of patent thickets.
Keywords: Patent Thicket, Royalty Stacking, Taxonomy
JEL Classification: D23, K11
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