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Cooperation in R&D: patenting, licensing and contracting

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  • BHATTACHARYA, Sudipto
  • D’ASPREMONT, Claude

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium)

  • GURIEV, Sergei

    (New Economic School, Moscow)

  • SEN, Debapriya

    (Ryerson University, Department of Economics, Canada)

Abstract

In this paper we review some of the literature on R&D collective arrangements using game theoretical concepts and considering various settings, involving either complete or incomplete contracts. Patent protection, licensing in various industry contexts as well as the role of various factors such as product differentiation, innovation magnitude and asymmetric information are considered. The relation of innovative activity to the intensity of competition is reconsidered and the benefit of various types of cooperative R&D-agreements in presence of externalities are reviewed. The last two sections are devoted to contracting issues.

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  • BHATTACHARYA, Sudipto & D’ASPREMONT, Claude & GURIEV, Sergei & SEN, Debapriya, 2012. "Cooperation in R&D: patenting, licensing and contracting," LIDAM Discussion Papers CORE 2012055, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    Keywords

    cost-reducing innovations; cooperative R&D-agreements; development efforts; incomplete contracting;
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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • 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
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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