Information Disclosure in the Renewal of Patents
This paper presents a patent choice model allowing strategic decisions in a sequential game with two agents: a patentholder, who perfectly knows thecharasteristics of the market, and a potential entrant who has no information about the value of demand. We study several Perfect Bayesian Equilibria. We show that there exists no separating equilibrium because the incumbent of a high-valued market always has some incentive to mimic the behavior of a firm in a bad market. Consequently, we find equilibria where the incumbent prefers not to pay the renewal fee for the patent hoping that it will be interpreted by the challenger as a signal of low market profitability.
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