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Patents, trade secrets and the correlation among R&D projects

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  • Bulut, Harun
  • Moschini, GianCarlo

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In patent race models, firms' noncooperatively chosen research projects typically display too much correlation. But when there are multiple intellectual property rights protection instruments, we find that the paths chosen in an R&D race can move towards the social optimum.
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  • Bulut, Harun & Moschini, GianCarlo, 2006. "Patents, trade secrets and the correlation among R&D projects," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 91(1), pages 131-137, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:91:y:2006:i:1:p:131-137
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    1. Vincenzo Denicolo & Luigi Alberto Franzoni, 2004. "Patents, Secrets, and the First-Inventor Defense," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(3), pages 517-538, September.
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    5. James J. Anton & Dennis A. Yao, 2004. "Little Patents and Big Secrets: Managing Intellectual Property," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 35(1), pages 1-22, Spring.
    6. Harun Bulut & GianCarlo Moschini, 2005. "Parallel Research, Multiple Intellectual Property Right Protection Instruments, and the Correlation among R&D Projects," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 05-wp404, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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    1. Bulut, Harun & Collins, Keith & Zacharias, Thomas P. & Schnapp, Frank, 2011. "Why Do Producers Choose Individual or Area Insurance Protection?," NCIS Special Reports 160545, National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS).
    2. Safarzynska, Karolina & van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M., 2011. "Beyond replicator dynamics: Innovation-selection dynamics and optimal diversity," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 78(3), pages 229-245, May.

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