Summary and Discussion

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


The main focus of the present book was to investigate the driving forces behind the patenting decision of a successful inventor taking into account the effects of mandatory disclosure. To achieve this the effects of a patent were divided into two parts, a protective and a disclosure effect. By allowing for an immediate impact of the disclosure requirement we moved away from the common assumption that the disclosure requirement has an impact on the inventor’s profits only after a patent expires. Instead, we accounted for the fact that the disclosure requirement affects the patentee from the moment he decides to patent as he loses (part of) his technological lead immediately.


Market Entry Patent Protection Patent System Technological Lead Disclosure Requirement 


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© Physica-Verlag HD 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche FakultätLehrstuhl für WirtschaftstheorieTübingenGermany

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