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Licensing to a More Efficient Rival

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  • Fridtjof Anderson

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This paper studies licensing of a cost-reducing innovation in an environment with horizontal product differentiation where the licensee is the most efficient firm in absence of the innovation. We derive the optimal two-part tariff and show that when we allow for negative royalty rates, the optimal contract may involve the patentee paying its rival a per-unit subsidy.

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  • Fridtjof Anderson, 2014. "Licensing to a More Efficient Rival," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 82(6), pages 653-676, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:82:y:2014:i:6:p:653-676
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