Journal of Economic Literature: Vol. 52 No. 2 (June 2014)

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The Choice between Formal and Informal Intellectual Property: A Review

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Hall, Bronwyn, Christian Helmers, Mark Rogers, and Vania Sena. 2014. "The Choice between Formal and Informal Intellectual Property: A Review." Journal of Economic Literature, 52(2): 375-423.

DOI: 10.1257/jel.52.2.375

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We survey the economic literature, both theoretical and empirical, on the choice of intellectual property protection by firms. Our focus is on the trade-offs 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.

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Hall, Bronwyn (U CA, Berkeley and U Maastricht)
Helmers, Christian (Santa Clara U)
Rogers, Mark (?)
Sena, Vania (U Essex)

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D82: Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
K11: Property Law
O31: Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
O34: Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital


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