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CONTRACTING FOR AN INNOVATION UNDER BILATERAL ASYMMETRIC INFORMATION -super-*

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  • DAVID MARTIMORT
  • JEAN-CHRISTOPHE POUDOU
  • WILFRIED SAND-ZANTMAN

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We analyze licensing contracts between informed innovators and developers exerting profit-increasing effort. Those contracts must simultaneously induce innovators to convey information on the value of their ideas, while inducing developers to exert effort and protecting the innovators' intellectual property rights. We show that the best innovators signal themselves by taking more royalties even if it reduces the developers' share of returns and their incentives. Moreover, royalties are more likely to be used when property rights are easy to enforce and pre-contractual evidence on innovation quality is hard to produce. Copyright 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. and the Editorial Board of The Journal of Industrial Economics.

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Volume (Year): 58 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 324-348

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  1. PĂ©nin, Julien, 2012. "Strategic uses of patents in markets for technology: A story of fabless firms, brokers and trolls," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 84(2), pages 633-641.

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