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Corporate Science in the Patent System: An Analysis of the Semiconductor Technology
Della Malva, Antonio; Hussinger, Katrin
2012In Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
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Keywords :
defensive corporate publishing; freedom to operate patents; Semiconductor
Abstract :
[en] Corporate scientific publications are often presented as a strategic means for firms to create prior art with the objective to prevent others from patenting related inventions. This presumes that corporate publications enter the pool of prior art which is relevant to judge the novelty of patent applications at the patent office and that corporate science has the power to block patent applications. This paper analyses for the first time whether the presumed mechanism behind corporate publications as a means to preempt patents works. With a focus on the semiconductor technology, our results show that scientific publications by corporations challenge the novelty of patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) significantly more than other pieces of prior art. Detailed information from the EPO patent examination procedure allows us to show that corporate publications threaten the novelty of patent applications if combined with other pieces of prior art like patents rather than as standalone documents. This supports the claim that corporate scientific publishing can be an effective means for firms to protect their freedom to operate if used as a complementary part of a firm’s overall IP protection strategy.
Disciplines :
Strategy & innovation
Author, co-author :
Della Malva, Antonio
Hussinger, Katrin ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA)
Language :
English
Title :
Corporate Science in the Patent System: An Analysis of the Semiconductor Technology
Publication date :
2012
Journal title :
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
ISSN :
0167-2681
eISSN :
1879-1751
Publisher :
Elsevier Science
Peer reviewed :
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