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

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Edward Sherry

Independent

David Teece

Institute for Business Innovation

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sherry, Edward and Teece, David J., Patent Thickets: An Economic Appraisal (January 2015). Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital, Working Paper Series No. 1, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2764602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2764602

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