The strategic use of fuzziness in patent specifications
AbstractInnovators seek to protect their intellectual assets by patenting them, at the same time trying to avoid any disclosure of critical knowledge. Given that a patent specification has to include a clear description of the patented matter so that anybody skilled in the art is enabled to reproduce the invention, the non-disclosure intention seems contradictory to patent law. This paper provides a model identifying the incentives for firms to deliberately obscure their inventive knowledge in a patent specification. --
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Date of creation: 2013
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patent specification; disclosure requirement; strategic firm behavior; fuzzy patents;
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- L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures
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- NEP-ALL-2013-08-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-COM-2013-08-05 (Industrial Competition)
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- NEP-IPR-2013-08-05 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-ORE-2013-08-05 (Operations Research)
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