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Intellectual Property Clearinghouses and Investment in R&D

Reiko Aoki and Aaron Schiff ()

No 361, PIE/CIS Discussion Paper from Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: We examine the effects of third-party clearinghouses that license intellectual property on behalf of inventors when downstream uses of IP require licenses to multiple complementary innovations. We consider different simple clearinghouse royalty redistribution schemes, and different innovation environments. We show that clearinghouses generally increase incentives to invest in R&D as they increase efficiency in licensing. However, they may reduce expected profits of inventors who have the unique ability to develop a crucial component. We also show that clearinghouses also may increase or decrease expected welfare, and are more likely to be beneficial when R&D costs are relatively high, and/or the probability of success for inventors is relatively low.

Keywords: Intellectual property; licensing; clearinghouses; anticommons (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 p.
Date: 2008-03
Note: "21 January 2008" -- p. 1
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