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  • Sorek, Gilad

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We show how technological leader gains from inviting an entrant into R&D competition to improve over existing patented technology, as the entrant takes complementary R&D effort, and the demand for both current and improved technologies is increasing with aggregate probability for successful quality improvement.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 116 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 183-185

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:2:p:183-185

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Keywords: Invited competition; Technology licensing; Complementary R&D;

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