Optimal Bid Disclosure in Patent License Auctions Under Alternative Modes of Competition

27 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017 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: March 20, 2016

Abstract

The literature on patent license auctions in oligopoly assumed that the auctioneer reveals the winning bid and stressed that this gives firms an incentive to bid high in order to signal an aggressive output strategy in a downstream Cournot market game, and conversely bid low to signal acquiescent pricing in a Bertrand market game. The present paper examines the information revealed by publishing the winning or the losing or no bid, assuming an oligopoly with differentiated goods. We rank disclosure rules and find that it is not optimal for the innovator to disclose the winning bid, regardless of the mode of competition.

Suggested Citation

Fan, Cuihong and Jun, Byoung and Wolfstetter, Elmar G., Optimal Bid Disclosure in Patent License Auctions Under Alternative Modes of Competition (March 20, 2016). International Journal of Industrial Organisation, ; International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2016, 1-32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2935728

Cuihong Fan

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Byoung Jun

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