Selling patent rights and the incentive to innovate

Yair Tauman, Ming Hung Weng

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We show that an outside innovator has a higher incentive to innovate than an incumbent innovator, by auctioning off his patent rights exclusively to an incumbent firm. For significant innovations this is also superior to selling licenses directly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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