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Is the European R&D Equally Protected from Espionage as is the US R&D? A Note


  • Guido Cozzi

    () (Università di Macerata)

  • Angelo Pietrosanti

    () (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")


Despite the huge economic value of the innovations, in European countries the yet unpatented results of the R&D activity can be stolen with little risk of criminal sanctions. By considering the anti-industrial espionage legislation in Europe, it turns out that no country has a law comparable to the US Economic Espionage Act. Moreover, the degree of protection of R&D from spies is very heterogeneous within the EU itself. This suggests a serious potential weakness of the European environment for ambitious R&D projects.

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  • Guido Cozzi & Angelo Pietrosanti, 2005. "Is the European R&D Equally Protected from Espionage as is the US R&D? A Note," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 95(5), pages 143-150, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:95:y:2005:i:5:p:143-150

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    JEL classification:

    • L43 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital


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