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The Choice between Formal and Informal Intellectual Property: A Review

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  • Bronwyn Hall
  • Christian Helmers
  • Mark Rogers
  • Vania Sena

We survey the economic literature, both theoretical and empirical, on the choice of intellectual property protection by firms. Our focus is on the trade-offs between using patents and disclosing versus the use of secrecy, although we also look briefly at the use of other means of formal intellectual property protection.

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Volume (Year): 52 (2014)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 375-423

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