Working Paper No. 792

Patent Scope and Technology Choice

Published: March 3, 2009, revised August 2010 and October 2011Pages: 29Keywords: Innovation; Patents; Patent policy; LicensingJEL-codes: K20; L51

Patent Scope and Technology Choice Erika Färnstrand Damsgaard


This paper analyzes effects of stronger patent rights on R&D and innovation. It presents a model where the scope of a patent affects an entrant firm's technology choice and thereby the amount of wasteful R&D duplication. The model predicts that negative effects of duplication can be sufficiently large to warrant stronger patent rights in the form of broad patent scope. This holds if the incumbent's innovation gain is large and the patented technology has a small advantage over alternative technologies.  

 

Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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