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Patent licensing in the presence of a differentiated good

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  • Jiyun Cao

    (The School of Economics, Nankai University and Collaborative Innovation Center for China Economy, Tianjin, China)

  • Uday Bhanu Sinha

    (Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics)

Abstract

The existing literature has considered licensing of a patented innovation either in a homogenous good industry or in a differentiated goods industry. We consider the licensing problem between two firms i.e., licensor and licensee producing the homogenous goods when there is a third firm producing a differentiated good in the market. We find that when the costs of non-innovators are not high, the optimal licensing contract depends on the degree of product differentiation and the innovator has more incentive for innovation when it is an insider than when it is an outsider of this market.

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  • Jiyun Cao & Uday Bhanu Sinha, 2017. "Patent licensing in the presence of a differentiated good," Working papers 282, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:cde:cdewps:282
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    Keywords

    licensing; two-part tariff; Cournot oligopoly; homogenous and differentiated goods; incentive for innovation.;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • D45 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Rationing; Licensing
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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