Jostling for Advantage or Not: Choosing Between Patent Portfolio Races and Ex Ante Licensing

Siebert, Ralph and Von Graevenitz, Georg (2010) Jostling for Advantage or Not: Choosing Between Patent Portfolio Races and Ex Ante Licensing. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 73 (2). pp. 225-245.

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Abstract

Complex high technology industries are increasingly affected by patent thickets in which firms’ patents mutually block the use of important technologies. Firms facing patent thickets patent intensively to acquire bargaining chips and use licensing to ensure freedom to operate. Such licensing allows rivals to either avoid or resolve hold-up from blocking patents. R&D incentives depend on whether licensing takes place ex ante or ex post. We model the choice between ex ante licensing and entry into patent portfolio races leading to ex post licensing. It is shown that higher degrees of blocking lead firms to license ex post, while stronger product market competition leads firms to license ex ante. Empirical results support these theoretical predictions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: Georg Von Graevenitz
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 13:51
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 17:03
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/36824
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.09.002

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