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

Patricio Saiz () and Rafael Amengual ()
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Patricio Saiz: Departamento de Análisis Económico: Teoría Económica e Historia Económica. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Rafael Amengual: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas

No 2016/02, Working Papers in Economic History from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History)

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N70 N83 O32 O33 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2016-02
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