International Protection of Intellectual Property: An Empirical Investigation

36 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2004

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Edwin L.-C. Lai

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Economics

Isabel Kitming Yan

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Economics & Finance

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

In this paper, we test the empirical implications of Grossman and Lai's (2004) game-theoretic model of international patent protection. The model yields clear predictions of the variation in degrees of patent protection across countries based on the market sizes and levels of innovative capability of the countries. To take into account the interdependence in the determination of strengths of patent protection between countries, we adopt the spatial econometrics approach. We find that the pattern of patent protection around the globe was broadly consistent with the predictions of the model before the implementation of the TRIPS agreement in 1995.

Keywords: Intellectual property, patent, empirical study, spatial econometrics

JEL Classification: O34, F13

Suggested Citation

Lai, Edwin L.-C. and Yan, Isabel Kitming, International Protection of Intellectual Property: An Empirical Investigation (May 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=559661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.559661

Edwin L.-C. Lai (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Economics ( email )

Clear Water Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong
China

Isabel Kitming Yan

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Economics & Finance ( email )

83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong

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