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Patents Hinder Collusion

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  • Klaus Kultti

    (University of Helsinki)

  • Tuomas Takalo

    (University of Toulouse & Bank of Finland)

  • Juuso Toikka

    (Helsinki School of Economics)

Abstract

We argue that a patent system makes collusion among innovators more difficult. Our simple argument is based on two properties of the patent system. First, a patent not only protects against infringement but also against retaliation by former collusion members. Second, a deviator has an equal chance with former collusion members to get a patent on new innovations. We show that if a patent system reduces spillovers, it renders collusion impossible. Moreover, it is possible to design a patent system that simultaneously increases knowledge spillovers and eliminates collusion

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  • Klaus Kultti & Tuomas Takalo & Juuso Toikka, 2005. "Patents Hinder Collusion," Industrial Organization 0503015, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0503015
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