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Free licensing to boost aggregate odds for success

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  • Sorek, Gilad

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We show how technological leader gains from inviting an entrant into R&D competition to improve over existing patented technology, as the entrant takes complementary R&D effort, and the demand for both current and improved technologies is increasing with aggregate probability for successful quality improvement.

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  • Sorek, Gilad, 2012. "Free licensing to boost aggregate odds for success," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(2), pages 183-185.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:2:p:183-185
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.02.013
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    Keywords

    Invited competition; Technology licensing; Complementary R&D;

    JEL classification:

    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures

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