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Competition, Regulation, and Intellectual Property Management in Genetically Modified Foods: Evidence from Survey Data

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  • Pierre Regibeau

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  • Katharine Rockett

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We present survey results regarding a series of hypotheses on industry structure, regulation and patent policy towards GM food crops, focussing on the stages of the industry that generate innovations and approved products for sale to the farming sector. Licensing as a means of delegating litigation and regulatory costs comes out as one of the most consistent themes in our responses. We link this practice to a two-tiered industry structure, a weak relation between litigation threat and research trajectory, and a perception by our respondents that patents - as well as patent design - are "one step removed" from their research decisions.

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Paper provided by University of Essex, Department of Economics in its series Economics Discussion Papers with number 591.

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