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Contracting and Ideas Disclosure in the Innovation Process

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  • Martimort, David
  • Poudou, Jean-Christophe
  • Sand-Zantman, Wilfried

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We analyze the contract between an innovator and a developer, when the former has private information on his idea and the latter must exert efforts but may also quit the relationship after having been informed. We show that the equilibrium contracts distort downwards the developer's incentives but in different ways according to the strength of intellectual property rights (IPR). For example, with intermediate IPR, only pooling contracts arise with a limited amount of information revealed.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 567.

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Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: Published in Annales d'Économie et de Statistique, vol.�101, Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, Paris, 2011, p.�287-306.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:21004

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  1. Sudipto Bhattacharya & Sergei Guriev, 2004. "Knowledge disclosure, patents and optimal organization of research and development," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19315, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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