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Promoting Access to Intellectual Property: Patent Pools, Copyright Collectives and Clearinghouses

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  • Aoki, Reiko
  • Schiff, Aaron

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This paper reviews and compares patent pools, intellectual property clearinghouses and copyright collectives as systems for promoting efficient access to licensable intellectual property in a 'market for technology' (Arora et al, 2001). These systems promote downstream use of innovations by economizing on search and transaction costs in licensing, as well as potentially mitigating the conditions that lead to the 'tragedy of the anti-commons' and other coordination problems in multilateral licensing. We compare and classify different systems in terms of their features, review some existing systems, and discuss their economic characteristics.

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Paper provided by Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series PIE/CIS Discussion Paper with number 334.

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Length: 25 p.
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hit:piecis:334

Note: REVISED, 28 September 2007
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Keywords: Intellectual property; licensing; markets for technology; collective rights management; patent pools; clearinghouses;

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Cited by:
  1. Gallini, Nancy, 2011. "Private Agreements for Coordinating Patent Rights: The Case of Patent Pools," IEL Working Papers 5, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.
  2. Pavol Min√°rik, 2012. "Copyright and the Right to Translation: An Economic Analysis," Politick√° ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2012(1), pages 101-112.

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