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Merging To License: Internal Vs. External Patentee

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  • Ramón Faulí-Oller

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    (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Joel Sandonís

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    (Universidad de Alicante)

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we endogenize the decision of a research laboratory that owns a patented process innovation on whether to remain independent as an external patentee or to merge with a manufacturing firm, becoming an internal to the industry patentee. We show that a merger is profitable only for the case of small innovations whereas only large innovations make it welfare improving. As a consequence, the antitrust authority should forbid all (profitable) mergers.

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    Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2003-17.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: May 2003
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    Publication status: Published by Ivie
    Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2003-17

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