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Patent--Secret Mix in Complex Product Firms

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  • Elisabetta Ottoz
  • Franco Cugno

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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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  • Elisabetta Ottoz & Franco Cugno, 2008. "Patent--Secret Mix in Complex Product Firms," American Law and Economics Review, Oxford University Press, vol. 10(1), pages 142-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:amlawe:v:10:y:2008:i:1:p:142-158
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    1. Ottoz, Elisabetta & Cugno, Franco, 2011. "Choosing the scope of trade secret law when secrets complement patents," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 219-227.
    2. Crass, Dirk & Garcia Valero, Francisco & Pitton, Francesco & Rammer, Christian, 2016. "Protecting innovation through patents and trade secrets: Determinants and performance impacts for firms with a single innovation," ZEW Discussion Papers 16-061, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    3. Jonathan F. Lee, 2017. "Measuring Innovation with Patents when Patenting is Strategic," 2017 Papers ple823, Job Market Papers.
    4. Ottoz Elisabetta & Cugno Franco, 2009. "Hybrid Licensing of Product Innovations," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 5(1), pages 579-594, October.
    5. Keishun Suzuki, 2015. "Economic growth under two forms of intellectual property rights protection: patents and trade secrets," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 115(1), pages 49-71, May.

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