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Patent--Secret Mix in Complex Product Firms

  • Elisabetta Ottoz
  • Franco Cugno

Different protection mechanisms may be employed at the same time when an innovation is comprised of separately protectable components. If patents and trade secrets can be mixed in protecting single innovations, a strengthening in patent breadth may induce a lower level of patenting, as innovators are more prone to rely on secrecy. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 10 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 142-158

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