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

  • Sougata Poddar

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    (National University of Singapore)

  • Uday Bhanu Sinha

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    (Indian Statistical Institute)

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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  1. Choi, J.P., 1995. "Technology Transfer with Moral Hazard," Discussion Papers 1995_16, Columbia University, Department of Economics.
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