Costly R&D and intellectual property rights protection
by Amy Jocelyn Glass
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 19, No. 1/2, 2000

Abstract: This paper summarises some of my product cycle models addressing the role of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection when all forms of R&D, including imitation, are costly. While the settings considered differ, the models all share the feature that a strengthening of IPR protection makes R&D more difficult, and thus causes firms to waste scarce resources ''reinventing the wheel''. Taking the perspective that stronger IPR protection increases the cost of R&D demonstrates how weak IPR protection can aid a country's development by enabling its firms to make efficient use of scarce resources and thus further advance the country's technology frontier.

Online publication date: Mon, 07-Jul-2003

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