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How Many Trademarks Does it Take to Protect a Brand? The Optimal Number of Trademarks, Branding Strategy and Brand Performance

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  • Sullivan, M.

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This research addresses the question of how many registered trademarks are optimal to protect a brand. By assigning property rights in brand names, trademarks give firms the ability to protect their brands from free riders. The optimal number of trademarks depends on factors that affect expected infringement losses: the likelihood of infringement times the loss to the brand's owner if infringement occurs.

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  • Sullivan, M., 2001. "How Many Trademarks Does it Take to Protect a Brand? The Optimal Number of Trademarks, Branding Strategy and Brand Performance," Papers 01-2, U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:usjuat:01-2
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    1. Carsten Fink & Beata Smarzynska Javorcik & Mariana Spatareanu, 2005. "Income-Related Biases in International Trade: What Do Trademark Registration Data Tell Us?," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 141(1), pages 79-103, April.

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    Keywords

    TRADEMARKS ; BRAND ; PRODUCTS ; PROPERTY RIGHTS;

    JEL classification:

    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law
    • K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law

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