R&D Collaboration with Uncertain Intellectual Property Rights

Dirk Czarnitzki, Katrin Hussinger, Cédric Schneider

Publikation: Working paperForskning


Patent pendencies create uncertainty in research and development (R&D) collaboration agreements, resulting in a threat of expropriation of unprotected knowledge by potential partners, reduced bargaining power and enhanced search costs. In this paper, we show that - depending of the type of partner - uncertain intellectual property rights (IPR) lead to reduced collaboration between firms and may hinder the production of knowledge. This has implications for technology policy as R&D collaborations are exempt from anti-trust legislation in order to increase R&D in the economy. We argue that a functional IPR system is needed for successful utilization of this policy.
UdgiverSSRN: Social Science Research Network
Antal sider29
StatusUdgivet - 2011
NavnZEW Discussion Papers


  • R&D Collaboration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Uncertainty Patents