Trademark protection or protectionism?
AbstractThis paper explores the extent to which discrimination against foreign applicants in the trademark registration process can be used as a"behind-the-border"barrier to imports. Prima-facie evidence shows that in some developing countries the ratio of trademark registration to applications is much higher for national than for foreign applicants, which is consistent with the notion of discrimination against foreign firms. The authors develop a simple model that suggests that incentives to discriminate are stronger when foreign firms produce products that are close in quality to the product produced by domestic firms. This hypothesis is then tested and empirically confirmed in three of the four countries in their sample, suggesting that discretion and discrimination in the trademark registration process can sometimes be used as a protectionist tool.
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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2004
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Environmental Economics&Policies; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Markets and Market Access; Public Health Promotion; Economic Theory&Research; Environmental Economics&Policies; Economic Theory&Research; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Access to Markets; Markets and Market Access;
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