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Patent Disclosures and Standard-Setting

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  • Josh Lerner
  • Haris Tabakovic
  • Jean Tirole

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A key role of standard setting organizations (SSOs) is to aggregate information on relevant intellectual property (IP) claims before deciding on a standard. This article explores the firms’ strategies in response to IP disclosure requirements—in particular, the choice between specific and generic disclosures of IP—and the optimal response by SSOs, including the royalty rate setting. We show that firms with a stronger downstream presence are more likely to opt for a generic disclosure, as are those with lower quality patents. We empirically examine patent disclosures made to seven large SSOs, and find results consistent with theoretical predictions.

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  • Josh Lerner & Haris Tabakovic & Jean Tirole, 2016. "Patent Disclosures and Standard-Setting," NBER Working Papers 22768, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:22768
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    • L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures
    • 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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