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Networks, Standards and Intellectual Property Rights

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This paper reviews issues that lie at the intersection between intellectual property rights (IPR) and network effects, especially in the context of the global economy. Some of the relevant questions are: (1) How do IPR influence the provision of goods exhibiting network effects? (2) How do network effects in turn influence the creation of intellectual property? And (3) how do aspects of the global economy interact with both IPR and network effects? We synthesize what is known from the existing literature to answer these questions.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 0705.

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Length: 65 pgs.
Date of creation: 27 Mar 2007
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Publication status: forthcoming as a chapter in: Intellectual Property, Growth, and Trade (Frontiers in Economic Research Series, Amsterdam: Elsevier-North Holland), Keith E. Maskus, editor, 2007.
Handle: RePEc:umc:wpaper:0705

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Keywords: Intellectual Property Rights; Network Effects; Globalization; Standards; Social Networks; Software Piracy;

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  1. Keith Maskus, 2008. "The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Services," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 8(3), pages 247-267, December.

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