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Little Firms and Big Patents: The Incentives To Disclose Competencies

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  • Wolfgang Gick

    (Dartmouth College)

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This paper offers a theoretical treatment of information disclosure through patenting. We consider a signaling model in which two domestic firms disclose their competencies to a foreign firm. Conditions are discussed under which separating and pooling equilibria occur, together with a domination-based re-finement. Depending on the payoff situation of the foreign firm, separating and semi-separating equilibria occur in which the firm with the higher competencies discloses. We show that subsidizing the costs of patent applications has no impact on the outcome.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 0411010.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 18 Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0411010

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Keywords: Patenting; Disclosure; R&D Cooperations; Asymmetric Information.;

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