PATENTS AND THE DIFFUSION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION
James E. Bessen
Boston University School of Law Working Paper 05-01
Does the disclosure requirement of the patent system encourage the diffusion
of inventions? This paper builds a simple model where firms choose between
patents and trade secrecy to protect inventions. Diffusion is not necessarily
more likely with a patent system nor is the "market for technology"
Keywords: Patents, Innovation, Diffusion, Trade Secrecy
JEL Classifications: K3, L5, O3
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James Bessen Contact Information:
Boston University School of Law
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Boston, MA 02215
Presentation and Publication Information:
Economics Letters, Vol. 86, No. 1, pp. 121-128, January 2005
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