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A dynamic model of patent portfolio races

  • Denicolò, Vincenzo
  • Zanchettin, Piercarlo
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    We propose a dynamic model of a patent portfolio race in an industry in which innovation is incremental. Two firms compete in prices and in research. We study the Markov perfect (closed-loop) equilibrium of the resulting differential game, identifying a steady state in which firms compete neck and neck. In this equilibrium, innovation rates are inefficiently high from the firms’ viewpoint. The firms are caught in a prisoners’ dilemma and so have an incentive not to enforce their patents aggressively in order to coordinate on a more “cooperative” equilibrium.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 924-927

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