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Patent--Secret Mix in Complex Product Firms

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  • Elisabetta Ottoz
  • Franco Cugno

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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. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal American Law and Economics Review.

Volume (Year): 10 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 142-158

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Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:10:y:2008:i:1:p:142-158

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Cited by:
  1. Ottoz Elisabetta & Cugno Franco, 2009. "Choosing the Scope of Trade Secret Law when Secrets Complement Patents," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 200911, University of Turin.
  2. Ottoz Elisabetta & Cugno Franco, 2008. "Hybrid Licensing of Product Innovations," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 200810, University of Turin.

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