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Patents' novelty requirement and endogenous growth

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  • Gilles Koléda

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In this paper, I develop and endogenous quality ladders growth model, in which the patent Office imposes a novelty requirement for innovations. The size of innovations realized by firms are heterogeneous and drawn from a probability distribution. They determine the price setting behaviour of firms: limit pricing strategy if innovation is non-drastic, or monopoly pricing without constraint if it is a drastic one. Both monopoly configurations are possible for a sector, depending on the size of the innovation in vigour. The aggregation of all the industries in the economy enables to exhibit the proportion of sectors in each case and the strength of competitive pressure in the economy. The patent?s novelty requirement has an effect both on the average height of innovations and the economy?s market structure of the economy. Patent height stands to be an instrument for regulating innovation and growth. We explore its effects on welfare and ressources allocation to research activity and discuss its implications for competition and market structure.

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Article provided by Dalloz in its journal Revue d'économie politique.

Volume (Year): Volume 114 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 201-221

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Keywords: quality ladders; patent height; novelty requirement; innovation; growth;

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  1. Aghion, Philippe & Harris, Christopher & Vickers, John, 1997. "Competition and growth with step-by-step innovation: An example," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 41(3-5), pages 771-782, April.
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  1. Jacobo Campo Robledo & Juan Pablo Herrera Saavedra, 2014. "Patentes y Crecimiento Económico:¿Innovación de Residentes o No Residentes?," ESTUDIOS ECONÓMICOS SIC 010909, SUPERINTENDENCIA DE INDUSTRIA Y COMERCIO.
  2. Chu, Angus C. & Cozzi, Guido & Galli, Silvia, 2010. "Does intellectual monopoly stimulate or stifle innovation?," MPRA Paper 31019, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2011.
  3. Jacobo Campo Robledo, 2012. "Impacto De Las Patentes Sobre El Crecimiento Económico: Un Modelo Panel Cointegrado [Impact of Patents on Economic Growth: A Cointegrated Panel Data Model]," Working Papers hal-00744361, HAL.
  4. Angus C. Chu, 2009. "Macroeconomic Effects of Intellectual Property Rights: A Survey," IEAS Working Paper : academic research 09-A007, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  5. Cysne, Rubens P. & Turchick, David, 2012. "Intellectual property rights protection and endogenous economic growth revisited," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 36(6), pages 851-861.

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