The choice between formal and informal intellectual property: A review
- Author(s): Hall, B
- Helmers, C
- Rogers, M
- Sena, V
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://eml.berkeley.edu//~bhhall/papers/HHRS14_IP_choice_lit_survey_JEL.pdf
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.