Knowledge Disclosure, Patent Management, and the Four-Stroke Engine Business

UAM Working Papers in Economic History, nº 02/2016, ISSN: 1885-6888

41 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019 Last revised: 28 Jun 2021

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Patricio Sáiz

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Ruben Amengual

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The appropriateness of patent systems has been largely discussed and has led to substantial theoretical debates and empirical analyses. One of the most significant arguments in favor of patents is that they enable knowledge disclosure, which would compensate their social cost. Through an evolutionary approach to a key case study based on a radical innovation and business – the four-stroke engine invented by the German Nicolaus August Otto in 1876 – we provide new and fresh insights on the disclosure issue, on patent management hidden strategies, and on patent institutions and controversies.

Keywords: Patent Disclosure, IPR Management, Thermal Machines, Four-Stroke Engine, Otto

JEL Classification: N70, N83, O32, O33, O34

Suggested Citation

Sáiz, Patricio and Amengual, Ruben, Knowledge Disclosure, Patent Management, and the Four-Stroke Engine Business (2016). UAM Working Papers in Economic History, nº 02/2016, ISSN: 1885-6888, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3495941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3495941

Patricio Sáiz (Contact Author)

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid ( email )

Campus Cantoblanco
Madrid, Madrid 28049
Spain

Ruben Amengual

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ( email )

Ciudad Universitaria
Madrid, MA Madrid 28040
United States

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