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The choice between formal and informal intellectual property: A review

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  • Hall, B
  • Helmers, C
  • Rogers, M
  • Sena, V

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We survey the economic literature, both theoretical and empirical, on the choice of intellectual property protection by firms. Our focus is on the trade-offs between using patents and disclosing versus the use of secrecy, although we also look briefly at the use of other means of formal intellectual property protection.

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  • Hall, B & Helmers, C & Rogers, M & Sena, V, 2014. "The choice between formal and informal intellectual property: A review," Department of Economics, Working Paper Series qt4271z78q, Department of Economics, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
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    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • 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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