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Patent Licensing from High-Cost Firm to Low-Cost Firm

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  • Sougata Poddar

    () (National University of Singapore)

  • Uday Bhanu Sinha

    () (Indian Statistical Institute)

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In the literature of patent licensing, most of the studies are done where new technology is transferred from a cost-efficient firm (patentee) to a less efficient firm (licensee). However, R&D intensive firms are usually based in high wage countries whereas the cost-efficient firms are based in low wage countries. As a result R&D intensive firms are not necessarily the most cost -efficient firms in the industry, although in most cases they are the patentee firms. Given this backdrop, we study a situation of patent licensing where the technology transfer takes place from an innovative firm, which is relatively inefficient in terms of cost of production to its cost-efficient rival. We look for optimal licensing arrangements in this environment. This framework also provides a platform to bridge the literature on external and internal patentees.

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  • Sougata Poddar & Uday Bhanu Sinha, 2005. "Patent Licensing from High-Cost Firm to Low-Cost Firm," Departmental Working Papers wp0503, National University of Singapore, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:nus:nusewp:wp0503
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    2. Mukherjee, Arijit, 2010. "Licensing a new product: Fee vs. royalty licensing with unionized labor market," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(4), pages 735-742, August.
    3. Arijit Mukherjee & Yingyi Tsai, 2013. "Technology licensing under optimal tax policy," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 108(3), pages 231-247, April.
    4. Arijit Mukherjee, "undated". "Technology licensing under convex costs," Discussion Papers 10/05, University of Nottingham, School of Economics.
    5. Bagchi, Aniruddha & Mukherjee, Arijit, 2014. "Technology licensing in a differentiated oligopoly," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 455-465.

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    Keywords

    licensing; fixed fee; royalty; two-part tariff; quantity competition; Innovation;

    JEL classification:

    • 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

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