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Disembodied Knowledge Flows in the World Economy

  • Suma Athreye


    (Brunel Business School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK)

  • Yong Yang


    (Essex Business School University of Essex, Colchester, UK)

For most of the post-war period developing countries have been told that relying on licensing for technology transfer is likely to yield disappointing results. However, this view of licensing has come a full circle as technology services trade has boomed since the 1990s. We outline the main trends in the growth of disembodied technology trade vis-a-vis international licensing and the trade in R&D and technical services. We show that there is considerable heterogeneity across countries in the form of technology trade that countries specialize in and also suggest these are related to underlying appropriability conditions and IPR regimes.

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Paper provided by World Intellectual Property Organization - Economics and Statistics Division in its series WIPO Economic Research Working Papers with number 03.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
Date of revision: Dec 2011
Handle: RePEc:wip:wpaper:03
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