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Recent Research on the Economics of Patents

Bronwyn Hall and Dietmar Harhoff ()

No 17773, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Recent research on the economics of patents is surveyed. The topics covered include theoretical and empirical evidence on patents as an incentive for innovation, the effectiveness of patents for invention disclosure, patent valuation, and what we know about the design of patent systems. We also look at what is known about some current policy areas, including software and business method patents, university patenting, and the growth in patent litigation.

JEL-codes: K11 L20 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-01
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Published as Bronwyn H. Hall & Dietmar Harhoff, 2012. "Recent Research on the Economics of Patents," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 4(1), pages 541-565, 07.

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