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Fragmented property rights and incentives for R&D

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  • Clark, Derek J.
  • Konrad, Kai A.

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Where product innovation requires several complementary patents, fragmented property rights can limit firms' willingness to invest in R&D. We consider the research intensity in multiple simultaneous R & D contests and how it depends on whether firms already hold relevant patents as well as the availability of an option to invent around. A measure of technological uncertainty is also analyzed. The multiple patent product involves an important hold-up problem that can reduce the overall R&D effort. Invent-around options moderate this problem. We also analyze targeted equilibria in which the aim of R&D can be to hold up a rival. © 2008 INFORMS.

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  • Clark, Derek J. & Konrad, Kai A., 2008. "Fragmented property rights and incentives for R&D," Munich Reprints in Economics 22089, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:22089
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