DO STRONGER PATENTS INDUCE MORE LOCAL INNOVATION?
Author: Branstetter, Lee G.
Source: Journal of International Economic Law, Volume 7, Number 2, June 2004 , pp. 359-370(12)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:One of the central arguments advanced by proponents of stronger intellectual property rights (IPRs) systems is that strengthening such systems induces higher levels of innovation by domestic firms. This article reviews several empirical studies undertaken by economists to assess the validity of this claim. Most studies fail to find evidence of a strong positive response by domestic innovators that could be reasonably ascribed to the effects of stronger IPRs. The benefits of stronger IPRs - to the extent that they exist at all - are more likely to come instead from an acceleration in the domestic deployment of advanced technology by the affiliates of foreign firms.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-06-01
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