The Choice between Formal and Informal Intellectual Property: A Literature Review
We survey the economic literature, both theoretical and empirical, on the choice of intellectual property protection by firms. Our focus is on the tradeoffs between using patents and disclosing versus the use of secrecy, although we also look briefly at the use of other means of formal intellectual property protection.
This paper was revised on May 30, 2013
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w17983
The choice between formal and informal intellectual property: A review, with Christian Helmers, Mark Rogers, and Vania Sena, March 2012, revised May 2013, forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Literature. NBER Working Paper No. 17983.
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