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Markets For Partially Contractible Knowledge: Bootstrapping Versus Bundling

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  • James J. Anton

    (Duke University,)

  • Dennis A. Yao

    (Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania,)

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We discuss how a seller can appropriate rents when selling knowledge that lacks legal property rights by solving either an expropriation or a valuation problem and then analyze how seller rents increase when a portion of the intellectual property (IP) can be protected. The analysis shows that a sequential strategy in which the protected portion of the IP is sold prior to selling the unprotected IP is superior to selling both portions of the IP as a bundle. (JEL: D23, L14, O31) Copyright (c) 2005 The European Economic Association.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Journal of the European Economic Association.

Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2-3 (04/05)
Pages: 745-754

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:3:y:2005:i:2-3:p:745-754

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  1. Thomas F. Hellmann & Enrico C. Perotti, 2011. "The Circulation of Ideas in Firms and Markets," NBER Working Papers 16943, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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