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Know-how: substance and basic parameters


  • Borislav Borisov


This paper investigates the notion of know-how, its origin, subject and scope. It underlines that the know-how is a separately defined object of intellectual property. The contents of know-how is analyzed (knowledge, skills, experience), its characteristic parameters (absence of legal protection, secret character, economic value, practical applicability), its forms of existence - written documentation, practical experience, in the form of objects. The field of implementation of know-how is revealed - technical and managerial-economic as well as methods of transfer are identified - by the necessary documentation and/or by training. The illegal misappropriation has also received attention.

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  • Borislav Borisov, 2003. "Know-how: substance and basic parameters," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 2, pages 36-47.
  • Handle: RePEc:bas:econth:y:2003:i:2:p:36-47

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    1. Rossitsa Chobanova, 2001. "The Innovation Market in Bulgaria," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 7, pages 92-113.
    2. J├╝rgen Bitzer & Christian von Hirschhausen, 1998. "Science and Technology Policy in Eastern Europe - a Demand-Oriented Approach," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 67(2), pages 139-148.
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    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • D45 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Rationing; Licensing


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