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Recent Research on the Economics of Patents

Bronwyn H. Hall, Dietmar Harhoff

NBER Working Paper No. 17773
Issued in January 2012
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Recent research on the economics of patents is surveyed. The topics covered include theoretical and empirical evidence on patents as an incentive for innovation, the effectiveness of patents for invention disclosure, patent valuation, and what we know about the design of patent systems. We also look at what is known about some current policy areas, including software and business method patents, university patenting, and the growth in patent litigation.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w17773

Published: Bronwyn H. Hall & Dietmar Harhoff, 2012. "Recent Research on the Economics of Patents," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 4(1), pages 541-565, 07. citation courtesy of

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