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The propensity to patent with horizontally differentiated products: An empirical investigation

Diana Heger and Alexandra Zaby ()

No 324, Tübinger Diskussionsbeiträge from University of Tübingen, School of Business and Economics

Abstract: In this paper we empirically investigate the theoretical results obtained in Zaby (2009). From the theoretical model, which introduces the decision to patent into a setting with horizontally differentiated products we deduce several hypotheses and test these empirically. We find that the propensity to patent increases when market entry costs decrease. Furthermore, if the disclosure requirement linked to a patent has an impact, the propensity to patent decreases with the strength of the disclosure effect.

Keywords: patenting decision; secrecy; disclosure requirement; market entry; horizontal product differentiation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L13 O14 O33 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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