R&D collaboration with uncertain intellectual property rights

Czarnitzki, Dirk ; Hussinger, Katrin ; Schneider, Cédric

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    URL:: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/3138
    URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-31383
    Document Type: Working paper
    Year of publication: 2011
    Publication language: English
    Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > Zentrum für Europ. Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW)
    MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
    Subject: 000 Generalities
    Classification: JEL: O31 O38
    Subject headings (SWD): Forschung und Entwicklung , Kollaboration , Geistiges Eigentum , Patentanmeldung , Patentprüfung , Forschungsfinanzierung , Privatwirtschaft
    Keywords (English): R&D collaboration , intellectual property , uncertainty , patents
    Abstract: Patent pendencies create uncertainty in research and development (R&D) collaboration agreements, resulting in a threat of expropriation of unprotected knowledge by potential partners, reduced bargaining power and enhanced search costs. In this paper, we show that - depending of the type of partner - uncertain intellectual property rights (IPR) lead to reduced collaboration between firms and may hinder the production of knowledge. This has implications for technology policy as R&D collaborations are exempt from anti-trust legislation in order to increase R&D in the economy. We argue that a functional IPR system is needed for successful utilization of this policy.
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