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PatentSecret Mix in Complex Product Firms

PatentSecret Mix in Complex Product Firms Different protection mechanisms may be employed at the same time when an innovation is comprised of separately protectable components. If patents and trade secrets can be mixed in protecting single innovations, a strengthening in patent breadth may induce a lower level of patenting, as innovators are more prone to rely on secrecy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Law and Economics Review Oxford University Press

PatentSecret Mix in Complex Product Firms

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Oxford University Press
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The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Law and Economics Association. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org
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ISSN
1465-7252
eISSN
1465-7260
DOI
10.1093/aler/ahn007
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Abstract

Different protection mechanisms may be employed at the same time when an innovation is comprised of separately protectable components. If patents and trade secrets can be mixed in protecting single innovations, a strengthening in patent breadth may induce a lower level of patenting, as innovators are more prone to rely on secrecy.

Journal

American Law and Economics ReviewOxford University Press

Published: Apr 22, 2008

Keywords: JEL Classification K00 L49 O34

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