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The choice between formal and informal intellectual property: A review

  • Author(s): Hall, B
  • Helmers, C
  • Rogers, M
  • Sena, V
  • et al.

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http://eml.berkeley.edu//~bhhall/papers/HHRS14_IP_choice_lit_survey_JEL.pdf
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Abstract

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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