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Patent protection with a cooperative R&D option

XiaoGang Che () and Yibai Yang ()

Economics Letters, 2012, vol. 116, issue 3, 469-471

Abstract: Patent protection may decrease R&D incentives due to the tournament effect. In this paper, we show that patent protection in the presence of a cooperative R&D option always increases the R&D incentive. In addition, this option dominates imitation to increase the R&D incentive under patent protection, and may also dominate royalty licensing depending on the R&D cost.

Keywords: Cooperative R&D; Patent protection; R&D incentives (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O34 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.04.031

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